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Jamaica and Haiti discuss gun trade issues affecting countries

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 10:15 PM
Minister of National Security Robert Montague

Minister of National Security Robert Montague today met with Haiti's Minister of Justice Camille Edouard to discuss issues affecting both countries.

The talks centered on the drugs for guns trade and relief for Haiti, which was recently severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Montague noted the need for continued dialogue with Haiti given its proximity to Jamaica and the security concerns.

He said there will be increased intelligence sharing between both countries and the exploration of further areas of cooperation.

The meeting took place in Washington, DC where both Ministers are attending the Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue being hosted by the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI).

The CBSI was conceptualised by US President Barack Obama in 2009.

It was formed as a joint effort between the USA and its Caribbean partners with the objectives of substantially reduce illicit drug trafficking, advance public safety and security and promote social justice.

Since the establishment of the CBSI the USA has provided significant regional and bilateral assistance of over US$250 million to fund various CBSI projects.