Acting United States Secretary of State John Sullivan met with officials from five Caribbean nations during the recent Summit of the Americas held in Lima, Peru.

Spokesperson Heather Nauert provided the following readout related to Sullivan’s meeting:

“Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan met with the Caribbean Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Lucia on the margins of the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru on April 14.

“During the meeting, the Acting Secretary underscored the U.S. commitment to enhance engagement with the Caribbean, as envisioned in the Caribbean 2020 strategy, including increasing private-sector investment in the Caribbean; ensuring a steady, long-term supply of clean, affordable energy to the region; building resilience to natural disasters; and supporting economic growth in the region for a more secure and prosperous hemisphere. Acting Secretary Sullivan also discussed the need to rally the hemisphere’s united support for the Venezuelan people and their right to have a voice in government through free and fair elections.

“The Acting Secretary and the Caribbean leaders pledged continued engagement on security and energy initiatives, through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative and the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative, as well as disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts.

“The U.S. government provided nearly $22 million in humanitarian assistance to support immediate emergency relief efforts in Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint-Martin, and Sint Maarten in response to the hurricanes last year. This assistance helped an estimated 83,800 people with more than 185 tons of supplies.”

Sullivan was sworn in as Deputy Secretary of State in May 2017. He has been Acting Secretary of State since April 1, 2018.

President Donald Trump fired then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter last month. Trump selected Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo as his nominee to succeed Tillerson at the State Department.