Obama heads to Caribbean

WASHINGTON – Obama will become the first U.S. president to set foot on Jamaican soil in more than three decades. He’s expected to arrive in Kingston, Jamaica tonight – and he has a busy schedule ahead of him.

The president will hold bilateral discussions with the Jamaican Prime Minister and representatives of 15 other Caribbean countries, as part of a Caribbean summit. They plan to talk energy, security, and trade. The White House is calling the talks necessary.

The President will then travel to Panama, where he’ll meet with 35 heads of state from the Western Hemisphere, as part of the Summit of the Americas. Also expected to be in attendance in Panama – Cuban President Raul Castro

While the White House says it’s unlikely that the US and Cuba would complete negotiations aimed at re-establishing diplomatic relations – they say there will be many opportunities for conversations between the two leaders in the near future.

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