KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (CMC) – The United States Embassy says it is unable to confirm local media reports, that United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, is to visit Jamaica on a two-day working visit, next Tuesday.
Both the Jamaica Gleaner and the Observer newspaper, quoting sources, said that Pompeo is due to meet with Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, and several other Caribbean leaders.
“Pompeo is expected to discuss matters, pertaining to the recent flare-up in the Middle East and outstanding issues, relating to Venezuela,” the Jamaica Gleaner reported, adding that the visit comes almost a year after Holness, and four other Caribbean leaders, flew to Miami to meet with President Donald Trump.
“Trump dangled investment opportunities to the Caribbean leaders, who had backed Juan Guaido in the standoff for state power in Venezuela, promising to send a high-level delegation from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. development lender, to visit each nation, within a 90-day period,” the paper added.
CARICOM leaders at their last summit in St. Lucia, last July, reiterated their position of non-interference and non-intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela, where Guaido, with the backing of Washington and other western countries, is seeking to remove President, Nicolas Maduro, from office.