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US pledges continued support for the Caribbean in security, energy

Published:Monday | April 16, 2018 | 3:25 PM

The United States has pledged continued engagement on security and energy initiatives with the region through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative.

Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan has also committed to assisting in disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts.

On the weekend, Sullivan met with the Caribbean Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and St Lucia.

They held talks at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru.

During the meeting, Sullivan reportedly underscored America's commitment to enhancing engagement with the Caribbean under the Caribbean 2020 strategy.

The strategy also calls for increasing private-sector investment in the Caribbean; ensuring a steady, long-term supply of clean, affordable energy to the region; building resilience to natural disasters; and supporting economic growth in the region.

Sullivan also discussed the need to rally the hemisphere’s united support for the Venezuelan people and their right to have a voice in government through free and fair elections.

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