President Obama visits beautiful Jamaica en route to Panama summit

US President Barack Obama tours the Bob Marley Museum led by tour guide Natasha Clark (2nd-L) in Kingston, Jamaica on April 8, 2015. Obama, the first sitting US president to set foot on the island since 1982, is in the country to meet with a regional block of Caribbean nations and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas.  He heads late April 9th to Panama, where he may have a landmark meeting with Cuba's communist President Raul Castro.  AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

US President Barack Obama tours the Bob Marley Museum led by tour guide Natasha Clark (2nd-L) in Kingston, Jamaica on April 8, 2015 while US National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who has Jamaican roots, walks in the background. Obama, the first sitting US president to set foot on the island since 1982, is in the country to meet with a regional block of Caribbean nations and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas. He heads late April 9th to Panama, where he may have a landmark meeting with Cuba’s communist President Raul Castro. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

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.

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Jamaica’s Prime Minister The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller welcomed US President Barack Obama to the picturesque island nation.

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.

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley

Reggae legend Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley.

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.

Tourists and residents climb Jamaica's most famous site, Dunn's River Falls.

Tourists and residents climb Jamaica’s most famous site, Dunn’s River Falls.

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.

US Ambassador to Jamaica meets with minister of foreign affairs, presents credentials

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Mr. Luis Moreno, US Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, presented his diplomatic credentials to Jamaica’s Minister o Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Arnold J, Nicholson.

January, 17, 2015, Kingston, Jamaica:The United States Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, Mr. Luis Moreno, presented his credential letters on Tuesday, January 13, to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade.

In addition to the presentation, there were initial discussions on Jamaica and US relations, the recent shift in US policy concerning Cuba, and Jamaica’s fiscal tightening efforts in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

After adding his support to the US policy shift toward Cuba, Minister Nicholson expressed appreciation for the opportunities and assistance the US had through the years provided Jamaica and the Caribbean. For his part, Mr. Moreno congratulated Jamaica on its progress with the fiscal programme and IMF collaboration. He also noted that he intended to promote an increase in US investments in the country and assistance in the area of security.

Both gentlemen also discussed the upcoming January 26 high level visit by Jamaica’s Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller to Washington. Prime Minister Simpson-Miller will participate in the Energy and Security Summit between the United States and the Caribbean. The summit will be hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden.–OnPointPress.net.