Hilary Clinton heads to Barbados for security talks

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday June 7, 2010 – US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will be in Barbados in another two days to discuss security issues with leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

She is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday evening and will meet with regional heads the following day.

“She will be discussing some of the security issues that the Caribbean faces, as well as other items on the agenda with the Caribbean countries,” Assistant Secretary Arturo Valenzuela told a press briefing in Washington.

“This is in some ways a follow-up to the recent meeting that we had here in Washington of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, which was the Administration’s effort to work with countries of the Caribbean to address the problems of crime and violence and narco-trafficking that the Caribbean countries face. But there will probably be other items on the agenda.”

The visit to Barbados is the last stop in Clinton’s Latin America and Caribbean tour which began on Sunday when she landed in Lima, Peru for today’s General Assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Tomorrow morning she will travel to Quito, Ecuador and then Bogota, Colombia before arriving in Barbados.