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Trump reinforces bond between Jamaica and US

Published:Saturday | April 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMDerrick Scott
United States President Donald Trump gives Jamaica the 'thumbs up' as he shares a light moment with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks in the Oval Office at the White House during a courtesy call on the US President.

United States President Donald Trump says he looks forward to working with the Jamaican Government on bilateral and regional issues.

The president's comments came during a courtesy call paid on him by Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks at the Oval Office in the White House.

Trump and the ambassador, in their exchange, underscored the strong bond of friendship that has existed over the years between the people of Jamaica and the United States of America, noting the contribution of Jamaica in many spheres of American life.

In her remarks, Marks said she was looking forward to working with the US president in the interest of both countries.

The Jamaican ambassador highlighted the synergies of the US-Caribbean nexus, which cements the relationship between the United States and Jamaica.

Marks, in noting the president's agenda of providing more trading opportunities for US companies, called attention to the significant trade surplus the US enjoys with the region.


JA among largest trade partners


She pointed to the fact that the Caribbean Basin Area is the United States' seventh-largest trading partner, importing non-oil goods and services of more than US$50 billion and placing the region ahead of US exports to comparatively larger economies such as Russia and India combined.

Marks further noted the mutual benefit and alignment of interest for the continued stability and economic growth of the Caribbean Region, the United States 'Third Border'.

The Jamaican envoy took the opportunity to invite the president to visit Jamaica in his official capacity, when he remarked about the beauty of the island.