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US confirms human rights on Obama agenda for CARICOM leaders

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2015 | 4:34 PM

The United States government says issues of human rights will be on the agenda for talks between President Barack Obama and Caribbean leaders in Jamaica.

Obama is to arrive this evening and is expected to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and attend a meeting of CARICOM leaders.

The White House held a briefing yesterday to provide a preview of the visit.

A director in the US National Security Council, Ricardo Zuniga, said issues of human rights and values will be on the agenda for discussion.

 

A director in the US National Security Council, Ricardo Zuniga

Since the announcement of the visit, speculation has been growing that Obama may hold discussions on human rights issues especially relating to marginal groups in the region.

Earlier this month, several Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LGBT) groups in the US used an open letter to urge Obama to raise concerns about the abuse of rights of LGBT persons in the region with CARICOM leaders.