Holness embraces Boris Johnson as new UK Prime Minister

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According to CANA Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has offered congratulations to the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who assumed office on Wednesday.

In welcoming the new prime minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to the post, Holness said Johnson’s “leadership comes at a critical time for the United Kingdom, Europe, and the wider world. Indeed, the many challenges that confront us all call for strong political leadership and joint action to achieve the shared goals of development, prosperity, and security for our peoples and nations. We wish for you and your Government wisdom, vision, and courage in undertaking this new mandate.”

Holness said that Jamaica highly values the United Kingdom as a close and dependable partner and friend.

“Our long-standing relations extend across a wide gamut of areas which remain crucial to both our countries. I assure you of our commitment to continued close collaboration at the bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels,” he added.

Holness wished Johnson a successful tenure, noting that Jamaica stood ready to have dialogue on critical issues and to build bonds with Johnson’s administration.

Jamaica, he said, was looking forward to “the further enhancement of these relations through deeper engagement and cooperation on issues such as climate change, peace and security, human rights, and justice”.

Johnson has vowed to break the impasse that defeated his predecessor by leading the country out of the European Union .

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