Obama wants deeper relationship between US, Jamaica

President Barack Obama and Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller during a bilateral meeting in April.

President of the United States, Barack Obama, says Jamaica is a vital partner in the fight against transnational crime.

“We have supported your exemplary effort by providing training and equipment to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Jamaica Defence Force as well as working to improve overall security within the Caribbean basin,” the President told new Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas.

At a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House on Thursday, when the ambassador presented his credentials, President Obama said the US is also working with the Government of Jamaica to improve the country’s energy diversity and security.

“The Jamaica Clean Energy Programme, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will help pave the way for clean energy development in Jamaica. Clean, diverse and reliable sources of energy are keys to ensuring the economic prosperity of your island,” he added.

The President welcomed the ambassador, and said he is looking forward to working together, “to advance our common agenda as we deepen further the strong and abiding friendship of our two countries”.

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