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Obama trip no longer designated a State Visit

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2015 | 4:56 AM
US President Barack Obama.

Jamaica House says the trip to Jamaica by US President Barack Obama is no longer being designated a State Visit as had been previously agreed and communicated.

In a release issued last night, Jamaica House said the change takes into account the time constraints of the short duration of the visit and the established nature of a State Visit in the Jamaican context.

"Throughout the planning of the visit there has been, and continues to be, continuous dialogue between counterparts in the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the United States," a Jamaica House Spokesperson said in the release.

Jamaica House also said the Governments of Jamaica and the United States are committed to ensuring a successful and productive visit.

President Obama will arrive in Jamaica on April 8.

On April 9 the US President will have bilateral talks with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

He will also hold a summit with the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community and lay a wreath to honour veterans of World War I and World War II.

President Obama will also host the President’s Town Hall forum with Caribbean and Regional Young Leaders.

He departs Jamaica on April 9.