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Trump to Meet with Five Caribbean Leaders on Friday at His Florida Resort

Featured Trump to Meet with Five Caribbean Leaders on Friday at His Florida Resort
WASHINGTON DC, March 20, 2019 - Chinese "predatory economic practices" and the Venezuela situation will be high on the agenda when United States  President Donald Trump meet on Friday with the leaders of the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia, the White House said in a statement on Tuesday.

Trump who will meet the Caribbean leaders at his at his private Mar-a-Lago resort in the state of Florida, will also discuss his vision for the diverse U.S. relationships in the Caribbean and the potential opportunities for energy investment, as well as security cooperation.

"The President looks forward to working with countries in the region to strengthen our security cooperation and counter China's predatory economic practices," the White House statement said.

Washington has warned countries in the region about accepting Chinese investment. In October, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Mexico City that "when China comes calling it's not always to the good of your citizens."

"When they show up with deals that seem to be too good to be true it's often the case that they, in fact, are," Pompeo said.

On Venezuela, the United States has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president.

Guaido invoked the constitution to assume the interim presidency in January, saying President Nicolas Maduro's re-election was not legitimate. Most Western countries have backed Guaido as head of state.

CARICOM has however maintained their non-interventionist stance in Venezuela. The regional grouping at their recent annual inter sessional meeting in St. Kitts and Nevis, reaffirmed their guiding principles of adherence to the rule of law, respect for human rights and democracy, as well as for the fundamental principles of non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.

CARICOM said it was concerned with the difficult political, economic and social situation in Venezuela, in particular the increase in violence and polarization between the Government and the Opposition, and its effect on the people of Venezuela.

Recognising the urgent need to find a solution to the present situation, and that this had to be sought internally, CARICOM Heads of Government called for all parties to commit to engage in renewed dialogue and negotiation leading to a comprehensive political agreement with established time tables, concrete actions and guarantees to ensure its implementation for the well-being of the nation.

In this regard, CARICOM Heads of Government offered their good offices to facilitate this dialogue.

  • Countries: CARICOM
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