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Jamaica close to signing air service agreement with Chile

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 10:45 AM

Jamaica and the Republic of Chile are close to signing an air services agreement.

A release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) last evening said Prime Minister Andrew Holness and President of the Republic of Chile Sebastian Pinera held bilateral talks yesterday in Lima Peru.

The release from the OPM said the leaders spoke of the need for ease of travel between the two countries and agreed to follow up on the discussions to ensure the agreement is formalised.

An air services agreement would also boost tourism between both countries.

The two leaders, who are attending the Summit of the Americas, also pledged to deepen cooperation in several key areas of mutual interest.

The leaders agreed to greater cooperation on investment and, in particular, enhancing the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Jamaica and Chile during an official visit by Holness in August 2017.

The prime minister and his Chilean counterpart also discussed exchanges in sports and culture.

With Jamaica expanding its cooperation with several Spanish speaking nations, Holness expressed particular interest in language training. In this regard both leaders pledged youth exchanges to build knowledge of each others country.