SANTO DOMINGO, June 19 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, discussed trade on Thursday, a national daily reported.
|U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech after his visit to the facilities of the "Maritima Dominicana" company, in Santo Domingo city, Dominican Republic, on June 19, 2014. (Xinhua/Roberto Guzman)
The two talked for more than an hour, before making a joint declaration to the press highlighting a bilateral relationship of mutual respect, said El Nuevo Diario.
Medina noted that a free trade agreement between the two sides had won benefits for his country, but also expressed concern about the sustainability of trade with the United States.
"We are confident that the United States will certainly take our concern into account and that we will not compete at a disadvantage in the North American market," the daily cited Medina as saying.
Medina said energy security was also on the agenda, given its impact on the national budget and importance for development.
He also thanked the United States for its support in installing a national emergency number in the Dominican Republic.
Biden said the United States is willing to help expand the emergency system nationwide.
He also appreciated the Dominican government's spending in education and the passage of the Naturalization Law, aimed at making it easier for children born of Haitian refugees in the Dominican Republic to gain citizenship.
Biden's visit marks the first to the Caribbean country by a top U.S. official in more than 50 years.
He arrived in Santo Domingo late Wednesday, as part of a three-nation Latin America tour that took him earlier in the week to Brazil and Colombia.