By Carmen Glover
US President Barack Obama landed in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 8, en route to a Caribbean summit that will be held in Panama on April 9. The summit will include Caribbean nations as they discuss economic issues and alternatives to strengthen Caribbean and US ties.
President Obama was welcomed by Jamaica’s Prime Minister The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno and a contingent of dignitaries.
President Obama is the first US President to visit Jamaica since 1982 and his visit was greeted with excitement by Jamaicans, who are world-renowned for their friendly manner, great food and reggae music.
The President visited the Bob Marley Museum and stated that “I still have all his albums” as he referred to the late reggae icon.
Jamaica is located 90 miles from Cuba, a nation with which President Obama recently re-opened a diplomatic relationship. Tourists flock to Jamaica’s beautiful shores each year to climb the picturesque Dunn’s River Falls, explore Green Grotto Caves in Ocho Rios, walk alone the seven-miles of white sand in Negril, enjoy the Blue Lagoon in Portland (where the movie of the same name starring actress Brooke Shields, was filmed) and sample the island’s famous cuisine.
Jamaica’s relationship with the USA has been mixed due to massive deportations to the island, the burdens of trying to emerge from the economic strictures of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). President Obama’s visit to the island is expected to go a long way in fostering a more cooperative relationship with the island paradise–OnPointPress.net.