United States Vice-President Mike Pence has lauded Prime Minister Andrew Holness for his outstanding leadership of Jamaica and, by extension, the Caribbean region.
“I want to thank the prime minister of Jamaica for his strong leadership of his country and in the Caribbean Community,” Pence said at the swearing-in ceremony of the seventeenth US ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia, at the White House on Tuesday.
“I also want to thank Jamaica for its strong leadership at the Organization of American states (OAS), as both countries (US and Jamaica) work towards advancing key priorities from improving security, law and enforcement, public health and energy development. These corporations have benefited both countries,” he added.
Pence said that the US and Jamaica are natural partners, noting that both countries share cultural and economic ties as well as the core beliefs in free government and the rule of law. He offered that given the strong alliance, both nations will continue to work towards strengthening the bond.
He referenced the appointment of the new ambassador as a demonstration of the his country’s commitment in building a safer and more prosperous Western Hemisphere.