New US Biden Administration

The Government of Jamaica has signalled an intention to deepen its ties with the United States following the inauguration of a new Administration yesterday.

In extending congratulations to the 46th President of the United States Joseph R Biden Jr and Vice-President Kamala Harris on their formal assumption of duties , Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith said: The Government and people of Jamaica look forward to the further deepening of this strong and active partnership, under the Biden-Harris Administration.

Today’s (yesterday) inauguration reaffirms the strong democratic foundation on which the United States of America is built and for which it has had a long and distinguished tradition. The occasion is special and historic,” said Johnson Smith in a release.

“Even as we renew engagement with President Biden, previously a vice-president, we also look forward to building new relations with the vice-president. Indeed, it is of special significance to Jamaica that Vice-President Harris is the first female vice-president of the United States of America, a woman of colour and the child of Jamaican and Indian immigrants.

“We, therefore, join in acknowledging this important milestone and note with pride her own inspiring assertion that while she is the first, she expects that many more will follow her,” added Johnson Smith.

She said Jamaica values its close friendship with the US which is a key ally and a major development partner.

“It is a relationship that has been shaped by mutually beneficial cooperation, deep historical and cultural ties, mutual respect for the rule of law and human rights, as well as the large Jamaican Diaspora in the United States.