United States and Caribbean officials were meeting here on Friday under Fourth Annual Security Cooperation Dialogue with the Caribbean.
The US Department of State said Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson, Chairman of the Ministerial Council for National Security and Law Enforcement and Minister of National Security for the Bahamas Bernard J. Nottage, as well as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Assistant Secretary General Foreign and Community Relations, Colin Granderson are attending the talks.
The Fourth Annual Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), brings together representatives from the Caribbean states, United States, and international partners “in order to strengthen regional cooperation on citizen security and promote effective and measurable results in combating transnational crime and violence,” the State Department said.
It said recognizing a strong link among security, social development, and economic growth, the dialogue builds on a partnership for security cooperation with the region initiated by President Barack Obama, who launched CBSI at the 2009 Summit of the Americas.
The dialogue will establish CBSI’s strategic direction for 2014, the State Department said, adding that the CBSI is the “latest pillar of a US security strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the hemisphere.
“CBSI brings members of CARICOM and the Dominican Republic together to jointly collaborate on regional security with the United States as a partner,” the State Department said.