Cuban President Arrives in Jamaica for 39th CARICOM Meeting

Montego Bay, Jamaica, Jul 5 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel arrived in Jamaica today to attend the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), official sources reported.

According to publications on Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra’s Twitter , the president is participating in the high-level meeting to continue to expand the government’s friendly relationships in the region.

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs posted that ‘his country’s relations with CARICOM are based on solidarity, collaboration and brotherhood’.

He added that the meeting in Jamaica is undoubtedly ‘a further step towards strengthening these ties of cooperation and taking them to another level of development.

President Díaz Canel is one of the special guests at the event, along with Chilean President Sebastian Piñera.

The forum, which began on Wednesday, will run until tomorrow and will be attended by some 200 foreign officials, with all 15 Member States and partner governments confirming their presence.

Key agenda items include crime and violence, disaster management and climate change, and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

The Conference of Heads of Government is the supreme body of the Caribbean Community and determines its political orientation.

The Jamaica conference this year is in accordance with the regular rotation system within the regional entity.

This will be the first event organized by Prime Minister Andrew Holness after assuming the presidency of the Conference on July 1.

The Jamaican member of the regional entity will serve until December 31.

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