The president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, asked the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to remove the Caribbean nation from the list of dangerous countries for US citizens, the Dominican head of state informed on Saturday.
Medina attended to the journalists upon returning to the country after participating in the meeting held this Friday in Mar-a-Lago, Trump's residence in South Florida, along with the governors of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Haiti, and gave details about the issues addressed.
The president highlighted the treatment received by the US president, who "is very interested in collaborating with the Caribbean countries in matters of trade, security, energy, combating international crime and natural disasters," among other issues.
During the meeting, "we requested some measures to resolve some issues of a commercial and economic nature," he explained.
Among the issues raised, Medina mentioned the request that the United States eliminate the tariff for exporting steel to Puerto Rico, as well as allowing companies established on Dominican soil to export boots for the US Army.
"We also ask that the placement of the Dominican Republic on travel alerts for US citizens be withdrawn," a question that, according to the president, was also raised by the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Hubert A. Minnis, and from the US government. they promised that they would review that measure immediately, "he said.
In relation to natural disasters, the Dominican Republic "was demanding the establishment of an emergency account" so that when one of the Caribbean countries is affected by one of these phenomena "you can use that account." Not to give money , but for soft financing with low and long-term interest rates, "he said.
As for Venezuela, the president explained that "it was not a central issue," and Trump "simply limited himself to asking some presidents what his vision was" about it, although in the case of the Dominican Republic "he did not even ask us" .
On the other hand, Medina said that the president of the United States was "surprised by the difference in development" between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. "He is impacted by the growth of the Dominican Republic and its development path, and very sorry because Haiti has lagged behind."
The president also explained that, during the meeting, "each country made the proposals that it understood that favor their own economy", and affirmed that "for us it was very satisfying to see the interest that the president of the United States had for our country" .
In addition to Medina, at the meeting of Mar-a-Lago, held behind closed doors, also participated the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, and Prime Ministers Hubert A. Minnis, of the Bahamas; Andrew Holness, from Jamaica, and Allen Michael Chastanet, from Saint Lucia.