Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
September 26, 2019
Under Secretary for Political Affairs Hale’s Meeting with Caribbean Foreign Ministers at UNGA 74
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Under Secretary Hale conducted a High-Level Meeting with Caribbean foreign ministers in New York yesterday. The meeting reaffirmed U.S. commitment to enhancing cooperation and strengthening our partnership with our Caribbean neighbors under the U.S.-Caribbean 2020 strategy, including promoting prosperity, security, health, education, and energy throughout the region. Under Secretary Hale announced a new $25 million loan guarantee under the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative to spur private sector investment in non-oil energy projects. Additional notable highlights included preparations for the first U.S.-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Working Group meeting to implement disaster preparedness and resilience initiatives, and a continued focus on regional security cooperation under the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.