Energy and Security High on Obama’s Agenda for CARICOM Meeting


Energy and security will be high on the agenda when US President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and CARICOM leaders in Kingston on Thursday.

Two of Obama’s senior communications advisors outlined the President’s agenda to the world media this morning.

It’s clear from the tone of the US President’s Communications advisors, that America remains concerned about Venezuela’s influence on the region through Petrocaribe.

Obama’s visit follows a meeting on energy between CARICOM leaders and Vice President Joe Biden in January.

The White House’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, Ben Rhodes, says it will be an important opportunity to continue those discussions.

According to Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the National Security Council, Ricardo Zuñiga, economic issues  will also be discussed.

Another important agenda item for President Obama is his scheduled town hall meeting with youth leaders.

Rhodes says it sends a signal about the President’s personal commitment to the Caribbean.