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Ambassador Moreno host final 4th of July in Ja

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 6:04 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson-Smith (left) toasts Ambassador Luis Moreno and wife, Gloria.
Imani Duncan-Price, chief of staff in the Office of the Opposition Leader, Former Contractor General Greg Christie and Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Wykeham McNeill (right) catch up.
Carleen Clarke (left) and Ventora Cyrus showing some American spirit.
The beautiful duo of Tamara Hill (left) and Minna Isreal.
Tom Tavares-Finson and his beautiful wife, Rose.
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewelyn (right) takes her daughter, Leah, out for a mother-daughter night.
Vice-president of C&W Donovan White is complemented by his wife, Patrice, showing off her great body in US colours.
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It was a bittersweet moment at the United States Embassy on Wednesday night, as while it was an early 4th of July celebration, it was the last official speech for United States ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Moreno.

After the singing of both national anthems, the Ambassador addressed his guests with his usual charisma and honesty. He complimented Jamaica on its natural beauty, but noted that apart from the white sand beaches and lovely landscape, what truly made Jamaica great was its people. However, he pointed out that there were areas of security that could be improved.

He spoke of the impact that the lottery scamming has had on the country, but noted that some progress was being made as the embassy continues to work with the Jamaican Government to stifle the practice. There were other areas that needed improvement, but he was proud to say that despite that, the millions of US visitors to the island remained unaffected.

Moreno thanked his colleagues for their support, service, sacrifice and sense of duty.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson-Smith expressed similar sentiments, noting that it was a sad goodbye to what has been a very productive tour. President of the American Chamber of Commerce Ron McKay also commended Moreno on his hard work.

Deputy Chief of Mission Eric Khant presented Ambassador Moreno with a flag that was flown over the Embassy. The ambassador admitted that one of the best decisions he has ever made was to have Khant in Jamaica as his deputy.

As a farewell, a video of Moreno’s achievements, interviews and assignments during his tenure was played. After the formalities, many guests crowded the ambassador to share their good wishes and warm hugs good-bye.