Caribbean leaders hold talks with Bush

March 20, 2008 at 7:45 PM

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- U.S. President George W. Bush Thursday met with leaders of the Bahamas, Barbados and Belize for talks on trade, tourism and security.

Bush said the leaders "talked about how to make sure that ... security needs are met without interrupting the ability for ... people to travel as freely as possible and the ability of people to be able to make a good living as a result of tourism," Voice of America reported online.

Two of the Caribbean leaders -- David Thompson of Barbados and Dean Barrow of Belize -- were recently elected and were making their first trip to the White House as national leaders.

The veteran of the three -- Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham -- told reporters after the meeting he was interested in the group's discussion of the Caribbean Basin Initiative, a pact that provides 19 Caribbean countries with duty-free access to U.S. markets for the majority of goods.

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