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US Embassy celebrates July 4 - Highlighting 56 years of friendship with Jamaica

Published:Friday | July 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM
The Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (left) shares a photo with Eric and Kalima Khant at the US Embassy Independence Day Reception hosted at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, June 27 2018.
Strike a pose! It was all about fun and excitement, while celebrating at the US Embassy Independence Day Reception, hosted at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, recently.
From left: Thalia Lyn, Halima Khant and Maura Barry Boyle, takes a moment from the formal greetings, to pose for the camera.
U.S Ambassador Eric Khant (right) and the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, engage in light conversation.
Singing the Jamaican and American Natonal anthem Singer Tifanny Thompson. Standing at attention is, the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and US Ambassador to Jamaica, Eric Khant, at the US Embassy Independence Day Reception hosted at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, on June 27, 2018.
Chargé d' Affaires to U.S. Embassy Kingston, Eric Khant (second right) and his wife Halima, entertains the conversation of Jeremiah Knight (left) and Namiko Harris at the US Embassy Independence Day Reception hosted at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, June 27, 2018.
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"Let's celebrate our friendship with Jamaica!"

The US Embassy's Charge d'Affaires, Eric Khant, shared these words on the evening of June 27, when the Embassy commemorated the 242nd anniversary of the Independence of the United States.

Khant and his wife, Halima, hosted more than 400 guests at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel for a festive evening. Attendees included Jamaican Government officials, members of the Opposition, the Diplomatic Corps, the business community and civil society.

To mark the occasion, the Embassy showcased a number of traditional US activities, including the presentation of the Colors by the Embassy's Marine Security Guard Detachment. Guests also enjoyed delectable dishes, highlighting the dynamism of American culture.

During his official remarks, Khant said: "Jamaica has been one of our closest partners in combating transnational crime," adding, "we look forward to expanding our already strong security cooperation with Jamaica in the coming years."

He also asserted that partnerships in the areas of economic investment, health, development and people-to-people ties are at the centre of the unbreakable bond between Jamaica and the United States.

The Jamaican Government was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, who echoed sentiments of friendship between the nations.

Terri-Karelle Reid served as master of ceremonies for the evening, guiding performances by notable saxophonist Warren Harris, the Jamaica Youth Chorale, and the Jamaica Defence Force Band.