Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson says the government should express it’s intolerance of US President Donald Trump’s ‘s-hole’ comments in reference to Haiti and African nations to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Mr. Tillerson is to visit Jamaica next Wednesday as part of a whistle-stop tour that will see him travelling to Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Colombia.
Mr. Patterson says Jamaica should renounce any divisive or racist comments about out sister nations.
He says the government should also discuss stemming the flow of illegal guns from the US to our shores with Mr. Tillerson.
The former Prime Minister says Jamaica should also seek to forge a unified approach to address climate change and its harmful effects.
In the meantime, Mr. Patterson is chiding the government for abstaining from the United Nations general assembly vote to reject President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Jamaica is among 35 nations that abstained during the vote last December.
Mr. Patterson says the government must explain the decision to the people of Jamaica.
PJ Patterson was speaking on Wednesday at the launch of the book ‘The Influence of Small States on Superpowers: Jamaica and US Foreign Policy. The book is authored by Richard Bernal and was launched at the University of the West Indies’ Regional Headquarters.