US vice president in Trinidad for trade and energy talks

The US vice president and his wife Dr Jill Biden are visiting Trinidad and Tobago at the invitation of the Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Persad-Bissessar also invited heads of government of CARICOM and the Dominican Republic to participate in the developmental talks, which will include discussions about regional security, energy matters, trade, human and social development and other developmental issues among the nation states.

A media release from the office of the prime minister said the meeting with Biden is expected to “lay the groundwork for robust cooperation” during the US administration’s second term in office.

Persad-Bissessar and foreign affairs minister Winston Dookeran were due to receive the vice president and his delegation at the Piarco International Airport on Monday evening, after which Biden will be invited to inspect the guard of honour and will be introduced to cabinet ministers and other officials.

The prime minister and the vice president will meet privately on Tuesday for bilateral discussions.

This will be followed by a multilateral meeting between the vice president and the heads of CARICOM and the Dominican Republic.

Persad Bissessar will host a luncheon for the visiting delegations to be followed by a media conference. Michel Martelly, president of Haiti and CARICOM chairman will also address the media.

Biden and his wife will leave the country on Tuesday afternoon.

This is the third high profile figure to have visited Trinidad and Tobago over the last four years. In 2009, President Barack Obama and his delegation attended the fifth summit of the Americas held in Port of Spain. In 2011, US Attorney General Eric Holder also visited, when he and the Trinidad and Tobago government committed to peace and security in the region

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