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Jamaica PM: Obama will make state visit to island next month

March 17, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s prime minister says President Barack Obama will visit the Caribbean country next month.

Portia Simpson Miller told lawmakers Tuesday that Obama will pay a state visit to Jamaica on April 9 before departing for Panama to attend the Summit of the Americas. That regional summit is scheduled for April 10-11.

During his one-day visit to Jamaica, Simpson Miller says the island will host a meeting between Obama and heads of the Caribbean Community political grouping for discussions on security, trade and other topics.

She says her government is “delighted that President Obama will be visiting Jamaica at this time.”

The last time a sitting U.S. president visited the Caribbean island was during a 1982 visit from former President Ronald Reagan.

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