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Haiti - FLASH : At the USA/Caribbean mini-summit, Trump promises with implicit conditions
23/03/2019 09:23:54

Haiti - FLASH : At the USA/Caribbean mini-summit, Trump promises with implicit conditions
Friday morning at the Hilton Hotel in West Palm Beach, the Heads of State and Government of 5 Caribbean countries: President Jovenel Moïse (Republic of Haiti), President Danilo Medina (Dominican Republic) and Prime Ministers Andrew Holness (Jamaica), Allen Chastanet (Saint Lucia) and Hubert Minnis (Bahamas) participated in a preparatory meeting for the USA/Caribbean Mini Summit with John Bolton, US Security Advisor.

Discussions focused on the format of the Summit, as proposed by the US State Department and the White House. No precise information has filtered from the American side about what was discussed during this in camera meeting.

Following this meeting, the Heads of State and Government traveled to Mar-A-Lago where they were received by President Donald Trump who was accompanied by his wife Melania and several representatives of the US Government, including Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton and Jessica Bedoya Hermann, Director for Central American and Caribbean Affairs of the Security Council.

This high-level meeting took place around certain fundamental themes such as governance, energy, security, investment and foreign policy.

Hogan Gidley, a White House spokesman, said that during the meeting, Trump discussed the importance of a "peaceful democratic transition" in Venezuela, with the Heads of State and government of these five countries of the subregion, with whom he intends to strengthen relations, which the White House considers "strong".

"At the meeting Trump affirmed his commitment to regional economic growth. These relations will enhance cooperation with Venezuela and show strong support for his people and interim President Guaido," said John Bolton.

Hogan Gidley revealed that resilience has also been discussed faced the major natural hazards, security cooperation and investment opportunities. On this last point he mentioned that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the US Development Finance Agency, will give in 2019 a "priority status" to the Bahamas, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, noting that in the next 90 days a high-level delegation will visit these countries without giving further details.

Commitments of the United States in return for the implicit support of the 5 Summit countries, to American foreign policy against Nicolas Maduro the President of Venezuela, what the Heads of State and Government have understood...

According to participants in this mini summit, most of the exchanges with the US President focused on trade and investments for the benefit of all, remaining little about the details ...

Learn more about OPIC :
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), established in 1971 as an agency of the US Government, operates autonomously. The agency is mobilizing private capital to help solve critical development problems advancing US foreign policy and national security goals.

Through its collaboration with the US private sector, OPIC helps US companies gain a foothold in emerging markets, generating revenue, jobs and growth opportunities for both the US and Canada. Only for recipient countries.

OPIC fulfills its mission by providing investors with financing, political risk insurance and support for private equity funds, when commercial financing can not be obtained elsewhere.

To be continued...

SL/ HaitiLibre

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