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United States (US) Congressman, Eliot L. Engel, has given full backing to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, and for it to be funded to “the fullest capacity.”

United States Congressman Eliot L. Engel, welcomes Jamaica’s Ambassador, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, to his Capital Hill offices in Washington DC, on Thursday, July 29, when she paid him a courtesy call.

He gave his support in a meeting with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the US, Her Excellency Audrey Marks on Thursday (July 29), when she paid a courtesy call on the New York congressman at his Rayburn House offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Part of the Obama administration’s Fiscal Year 2011 foreign aid request submitted to Congress earlier this year, the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative is a multifaceted effort by the US Government and Caribbean partners, to develop a joint regional citizen safety strategy to tackle the full range of security and criminal threats to the Caribbean Basin.
In discussing a range of topics with the Ambassador, Congressman Engel praised the Jamaican government’s focus on tackling organised crime and leaders of criminal organisations, a move, which he said, would also benefit the US.
He noted that the Obama administration recognised the Caribbean as a priority, and has a geo-political obligation to assist when needed, and to look for opportunities to help its neighbors in their quest to be stronger democracies.
Ambassador Marks, for her part, thanked the Congressman for his longstanding support of Jamaica and the Caribbean region, and briefed him on her government’s development thrust, which includes the revitalisation of downtown Kingston through, among other things, socio-economic intervention in underserved communities.
The Jamaican Ambassador stressed the importance of US support for this project, and requested the Congressman’s backing for the State Department’s Jamaica programmes that require congressional approval.
Congressman Engel, who chairs the Western Hemisphere Affairs Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, represents New York’s 17th District, which includes The Bronx as well as Rockland and Westchester Counties that have large Caribbean immigrant communities.

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