The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, is to pay a State visit to Jamaica next month.

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson-Miller made the announcement in Parliament this afternoon.

From just after 12:00 this afternoon sources in Washington DC and the US Embassy in Kingston told our news center that Obama is set to become the first sitting US President to visit Jamaica since Ronald Reagan did so in 1982 under the Edward Seaga administration.

Confirmation came hours later from Prime Minister Simpson-Miller as she addressed parliament.

The Prime Minister gave more details.

Mrs. Simpson Miller told the House that the planned visit of Mr Obama is significant — not only as a symbol of the strong ties between the US and Jamaica.

Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness greeted the Prime Minister’s announcement.