National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, says the county’s security forces are prepared for the upcoming visit to Jamaica of US President, Barack Obama.

President Obama is to arrive in Kingston on April 9 for what Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has said will be a State Visit.

Obama is scheduled to meet with Caricom Heads of Government while in Kingston.

When US President Ronald Reagan came to Jamaica on an Official Visit in April 1982, there were extensive security arrangements, including US law enforcement agents doing checks on some residential homes.

Speaking to Nationwide News today, National Security Minister Peter Bunting said the public would soon be updated on precautions that will be put in place when President Obama arrives in Kingston.


The Security Minister said he recognized that President Obama’s arrival will mean all eyes on Jamaica.


A few weeks ago a senior US Security Official, John Kelly said Jamaicans are among 100-Caribbean nationals who’ve have gone to Syria to aid the terror group, ISIS.

Mr Bunting did not disclose whether that issue will come up when Obama is in Jamaica. But he said he anticipated that issues of national security will be discussed.