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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 8 – United States Vice President Joe Biden is due to hold talks with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders as part of a three-nation tour later this month.
A Trinidad and Tobago government statement said “the Vice President’s visit will take place during the week commencing May 27, 2013 when he will also visit Brazil and Colombia”. He will also be visiting Trinidad and Tobago.
A White House statement Wednesday said that during his visit to the three countries Biden “will meet with key leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues. 
“In Trinidad and Tobago, the Vice President looks forward to meeting with Prime Minister (Kamla) Persad-Bissessar as well as leaders of other Caribbean countries, whom Prime Minister Persad Bissessar has graciously offered to invite. 
“This trip will be an important chance to discuss our collective efforts to promote economic growth and development, access to energy and our ongoing collaboration on citizen security,’ the White House statement said.
The Trinidad and Tobago government statement said that Biden will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Persad Bissessar “on collaboration in a number of areas including citizen security. 
“This will be followed by a meeting with regional Heads who have been invited by the Prime Minister to discuss issues such as the collective efforts to promote economic growth, energy interdependence, and development in the Caribbean,” the statement added.


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