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Vice President Joe Biden in Trinidad and Tobago for trade and energy talks

Vice President Joe Biden shakes the hand of T&T foreign affairs minister Winston Dookeran as Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar looks on. Next to Dookeran is the Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.

Vice President Joe Biden, along with the Heads of State of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are meeting in Trinidad and Tobago this week to discuss a host of developmental issues that will be mutually beneficial to the US and CARICOM regions.

Biden and his wife Jill Biden were in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday on the invitation of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Persad-Bissessar also invited CARICOM heads 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.

The Prime Minister said the meeting with  Biden is expected to “lay the groundwork for robust cooperation,” according to a press release.

Persad-Bissessar and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran met Biden and his delegation at the Piarco International Airport Monday evening after which  Biden wase invited to inspect the guard of honor and will be introduced to Trinidad and Tobago cabinet ministers and other officials.

The Bidens will pay a courtesy call Tuesday on Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and the First Lady Reema Carmona.

They will then be taken to the Prime Minister’s official residence – the Diplomatic Centre in La Fantasie road St. Ann’s for a meeting. They will meet privately and hold bilateral discussions.

This will be followed by a multilateral meeting between Biden, CARICOM and leaders from the Dominican Republic.

The Bidens will leave the country on Tuesday afternoon.

This marks 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 Trinidad and Tobago. In 2011, US Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. visited this country where he and the Trinidad and Tobago Government and Persad-Bissessar committed to peace and security in the region.


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