On May 16, the Eighth Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue will bring together delegations from the United States and the nations of the Caribbean.  As part of the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 strategy, this year’s Dialogue will focus on threats to regional stability, integrated responses to common security challenges, and strategies for reducing crime.

Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kirsten Madison, and Deputy Administrator for USAID Bonnie Glick will lead the United States delegation.  The Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Defense will also participate. The Trump administration has made great strides in deepening ties between the United States and the nations of the Caribbean.  In March, five leaders from the region met with President Trump in Mar-a-Lago.  In April, Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan traveled to U.S. Southern Command in Miami to host the launch of the U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership, a new initiative to bolster regional capability for disaster response and resilience.  This year’s Dialogue will build on that momentum to build a safer and stronger Caribbean region.

The opening session from 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. is open to press coverage.  This session will feature keynote remarks by Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Breier and remarks by Hon. Winston Garraway, Minister of State of Guyana and Chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for National Security and Law Enforcement, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, and Michael Jones, Executive Director of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACs)

Preset time for video cameras:  7:45 a.m. from the C Street Entrance Lobby.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers : 8:00 a.m. from the C Street Entrance Lobby.

For more information on the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 strategy, please visit: https://www.state.gov/u-s-strategy-for-engagement-in-the-caribbean/.

For more information on the Caribbean-U.S. Security Cooperation Dialogue, please visit https://www.state.gov/caribbean-basin-security-initiative/

PRESS CONTACTS: 

U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Whapress@state.gov
(202) 647-0842

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following:  (1) A U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license or passport). Please allow adequate time to process through security.

U.S. Department of State

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