Continued US support for Jamaica's security forces - Tillerson

by Garry Watts February 9, 2018, 2:08
Continued US support for Jamaica's security forces - Tillerson

On Sunday, Tillerson said in Argentina that the U.S.is considering restricting oil sales from Venezuela in a bid to force Maduro to hold free and fair elections.

Tillerson said the dire situation for the people of Venezuela, who are in the midst of an economic and humanitarian crisis under President Nicolas Maduro, and possible restrictions on oil have been on the agenda at every stop on his tour.

Responding to a query as to why Jamaica abstained, the prime minister said: "Jamaica did not need to take a position on another country's position on where they would want to see as a capital in the world".

According to the head of USA diplomacy, the agenda that has been selected to address corruption and strengthening governance institutions in the region constitutes an opportunity to create some real results from the summit.

Tillerson said the United States will be undertaking an examination of how it provides aid to countries around the globe.

"We haven't been able to make a decision because we haven't received a formal answer yet", she said.

"They are supporting the Assad regime, they are providing the air cover for the regime", Tillerson said.

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Tillerson said Canada, Mexico and the United States had agreed at a trilateral meeting last week to study what could be done to mitigate the impact of such a move.

"If the kitchen gets a little too hot for him, I am sure that he's got some friends over in Cuba that could give him a nice hacienda on the beach and he could have a nice life over there", Tillerson said, arguing his peaceful ouster would be preferable to violence.

In his remarks, Prime Minister Holness expressed gratitude for the "high levels of support" provided by the U.S. to Jamaica over the years, especially in the areas which have assisted in meeting the country's National Development goals.

"With the new dynamics in the global energy trade and with the United States becoming a net exporter of energy resources, Jamaica can, in this paradigm, benefit from it", Holness said. The U.S. sends light crude oil to Venezuela, which has heavy crude. The strategy, part of what Chavez and his successor Maduro called “21st Century Socialism, ” began to crumble as global oil prices collapsed and Venezuelan government spending continued unabated.

"Nobody threatens Venezuela", Maduro said in a televised speech in Caracas. "If you don't, you're going to just continue to invite consequences for yourself'".

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