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Attorney General Eric Holder Returns to Barbados

19 May 2009, 12:00 AM

By: gop

The Attorney General of the United States of America, Mr. Eric Holder will be attending an official meeting of CARICOM's Attorneys-general in Barbados from Thursday 21st May, 2009.

The Attorney General who has both paternal and maternal roots in Barbados will be on a three day visit to the island scheduled to be at the island's Hilton hotel.

Mr. Holder's father, Eric Himpton Holder, Sr. (1905 - 1970) was born in Saint Joseph,Barbados, and emigrated to the United States at the age of 11. Miriam, his mother, her parents interestingly were from the island of Barbados as well.

Mr. Holder's visit comes just over a month after his President, Mr. Barack Obama has visited the CARICOM region during the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Attorney General like his President, are the first persons of African descent to reach those prestigious offices in the United States of America.

Mr. Holder while on the island will meet with Prime Minister of Barbados, Mr. David Thompson, Attorney General of Barbados, Mr. Freundel Stuart, Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Maxine McClean and Minister of Housing and Lands Michael Lashley.

On his visit the attorney general is expected to have talks on cooperation on drug-trafficking, violent crime, gangs, and judicial and law enforcement technical assistance, among other topics. He will also speak at the official opening of Tamarind Hall Municipal Complex in Horse Hill, St Joseph, Barbados, which will be renamed in his honor.

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