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US official cancels visit to Haiti for talks with Caribbean leaders

February 27, 2018 1:07 PM
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WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The United States Deputy Secretary of State, John J Sullivan, has cancelled a planned visit to Haiti where he would have held talks with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders who are meeting on the French-speaking Caribbean island.

“Deputy Secretary Sullivan's travel to Haiti has been postponed,” the State Department said in a statement without stating any reason.

The State Department had earlier said that Sullivan would during his discussions with the regional leaders “focus discussions on issues of mutual interest to the United States and the Caribbean, including energy diversification, regional security and economic development.”

The Caribbean leaders are due to end their two-day 29thinter-sessional summit here on Tuesday.

The State Department said that the United States is an enduring partner to the Caribbean, as underscored in the Caribbean 2020 strategy, which strengthens security, diplomacy, prosperity, energy, education and health in the region”.

Sullivan was also due to have engaged with US Embassy staff, as well as representatives from the business community and civil society, and make a visit to the Haitian National Police School, which receives funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement”.

Source: jamaicaobserver.com

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