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  • Jamaica’s new Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, officially presented his Letters of Credence to President of the United States, Barak Obama, during a ceremony held in the oval office at the White House on September 17.
  • In his remarks, President Obama said Jamaica and the United States are tied together by history, culture, family and most importantly, by friendship.
  • He expressed strong support for the Government and people of Jamaica and for the continued development of the special relationship that exists between the two countries.

Jamaica’s new Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Ralph Thomas, officially presented his Letters of Credence to President of the United States, Barack Obama, during a ceremony held in the oval office at the White House on September 17.

In his remarks, President Obama said Jamaica and the United States are tied together by history, culture, family and most importantly, by friendship.

He expressed strong support for the Government and people of Jamaica and for the continued development of the special relationship that exists between the two countries.

Recounting his visit to Jamaica in April, President Obama said he was heartened by the warm reception he received from the people of Jamaica and pointed out that in the meetings he had with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, great progress was made to deepen and strengthen cooperation in the region.

The President said that the town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies reaffirmed his conviction that the young people of Jamaica are poised to lead their country to new and greater heights and that the US continues to value Jamaica as a true leader of the Caribbean.

For his part, Ambassador Thomas said that during his tenure, he will work to further deepen and strengthen the relationship between Jamaica and the US.

“Over the years, Jamaica and the United States have shared a strong fraternal relationship, which has been to our benefit and it is my firm intention to facilitate as much as possible, the further strengthening of this bond,” he said.

Ambassador Thomas noted that the discussions that took place between Prime Minister Simpson Miller and President Obama identified priorities for engaging with the United States, including issues such as: energy; trade and investment; competitiveness; youth-related matters; immigration and deportation. These, he said, are key issues he intends to focus on while in office.

He noted that the United States remains the country’s most important trading partner and the island continues to attract a significant number of American tourists.

Ambassador Thomas said it is his aim to work at increasing the trade ties and tourism arrivals between the two countries, as “we both seek to cement the economic recovery process and increase opportunities for our people.”