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Why Obama had no meeting with Holness

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness greets US President Barack Obama on arrival at the Norman Manley Airport Opposition Leader Andrew Holness greets US President Barack Obama on arrival at the Norman Manley Airport
UNITED States President Barack Obama was opposed to meeting Jamaica's Opposition Leader Andrew Holness in a formal setting on his recent visit to the island, the Jamaica Observer has learnt.

As a policy, United States presidents do not meet with heads of opposition parties, as negotiations and discussions regarding that country's affairs and performance are done purely on a leader-to-leader basis, a political source close to the team that negotiated Obama's visit to Jamaica told the Sunday Observer recently.

The matter of whether or not Holness, who served as prime minister for a mere two months in 2011, should have met Obama, was first raised by the Opposition leader in Parliament, soon after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller confirmed an Observer Online story on Tuesday, March 17 that Obama would be visiting Jamaica for the first time since he was elected President of the United States in 2008. Read Complete Article

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