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President Obama sends delegates for Ja 50

Published:Saturday | August 4, 2012 | 8:15 AM

US President, Barak Obama, has announced he will be sending a high-level delegation to represent the US at Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence celebrations on Monday.

Former US Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, who is of Jamaican heritage, will lead the delegation.

The President says it is important to send the representatives, as a signal of the strong bond of friendship and mutual respect between the US and Jamaica.

Meanwhile, several of Jamaica's other regional and international partners will also be in the island to commemorate Jamaica 50.

The President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, will arrive tomorrow for a two-day state visit.

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary General of the United Kingdom, Kenneth Clarke, will be representing his government, while Minister of State in the government of Canada, Diane Ablonczy, will represent the administration of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Attending from the region are Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar and Vice-President of Suriname Robert Ameerali.

Premier of the Cayman Islands, William Bush and Deputy Premier, Juliana Connolly will attend as well as Secretary General of CARICOM, Irwin LaRocque.

Chile will be represented by the Executive Director of the Agency for International Cooperation, Ambassador Jorge Daccarett.