WASHINGTON, April 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday
phoned Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning to discuss an upcoming
Americas summit, said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
"The president looks forward to participating in the summit and discussed
with the prime minister a shared desire to focus the summit on addressing the
common challenges facing the people of the Americas," Gibbs said in a statement.
"The president is committed to building strong and productive partnerships
in the hemisphere and believes the summit represents an important step toward
achieving this objective," said the spokesman.
The Summits of the Americas are periodic meetings that bring together the
34 democratically elected heads of state and government of the Americas to
discuss and make decisions on issues of relevance for the region.
Four Summits plus two Special Summits of the Americas have taken place.
The Fifth Summit of the Americas will be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad
and Tobago, on April 17-19. The summit's theme is "Securing our Citizens Future
by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental