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Cameron doesn't want relationship with Caribbean based on past

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2015 | 1:06 PM

The British Prime Minister says he’s looking forward to forging a relationship with Caribbean countries based on today’s realities rather than on the historical ties of the past.

Ahead of his visit to Jamaica today, Cameron said he is delighted to be making his first visit, as Prime Minister, to the Caribbean, which is the first by a British Prime Minister for 14 years.

According to him, Britain has taken its relationship with the Caribbean for granted for too long and he wants to put it right.

He says there are strong ties between hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom and more should be invested in this relationship for the benefit of all.

Cameron says he believes Britain can help Caribbean countries on their path of development, lifting people out of poverty, increasing economic growth, trade and security, and creating opportunities for young generations.

Cameron is expected to arrive in Jamaica at 4 o'clock this afternoon.

Jamaica House is reporting that he will be involved in several official activities in Kingston and St Andrew including a floral tribute in honour of soldiers of World Wars I and II.

The British prime minister will tomorrow address a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament at Gordon House on Duke Street in Kingston.

Meanwhile, the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, will arrive in the island tomorrow.