Michel Martelly Joe Biden Meeting, signaling Martelly Obama meeting is near

Haitian President Michel Martelly has been long on the heels of American President Barack Obama, hoping for a meeting between the U.S. leader and the CARICOM members to discuss issues relating to both bodies. The Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, made a recent visit to Trinidad and Tobago which has given Martelly, and those hoping for a summit between CARICOM and the U.S., great hope.


Describing Vice President Biden's visit as a significant sign that the long wished for summit will eventually, if not soon, take place, Martelly, the recently named Chairman of the Caribbean Community, is finding the fruits of his labor coming to bear. This is the first sign of traction after his open call to the U.S. for a high-level summit with the region. The president made a visit to the region once after going into office in 2008 and was last in Trinidad for the Summit of the Americas in 2009.

Martelly said of the session with Biden that it was a frank but cordial exchange which worked to give strength to the Caribbean and U.S. relationship. He holds that a summit would aid the U.S. in outlining its policy regarding the region. A trade agreement addressing the issues of the global Arms Trade Treaty, financial intelligence, criminal deportees and intelligence sharing was signed, marking the event. Also discussed was the propensity for other countries to treat CARICOM member states as 'middle-income', a viewpoint which doesn't allow for many opportunities for financing.

It is unclear when the U.S. will follow in the footsteps of other countries like the U.K., Chile, Mexico and China, and meet with CARICOM.

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