Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Caribbean Colleagues to Meet with U.S President George Bush

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Washington DC. – U.S President George Bush will welcome Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham of The Bahamas, Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbados, and Prime Minister Dean Barrow of Belize to the White House on Thursday, March 20, 2008.

The Bahamas, Barbados, and Belize are longstanding friends of the United States and countries with whom we share deep social and familial ties as well as the values of democracy and respect for human rights.

The President looks forward to discussing a range of issues–including strengthening democracy in the region, increasing social and trade ties, cooperating on security and crime, and improving the lives of the region ‘s citizens–with these new Caribbean leaders, all of whom have been democratically elected within the past year.

Prior to this meeting, Prime Minister Ingraham will meet with president of the Inter-American Development Bank Luis Alberto Moreno at the IDB, Washington on March 19.