US responds to reported diplomatic row with Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica— The United States on Tuesday seemed to respond to media reports of a developing diplomatic row between the US and Jamaica.
In a post to twitter, the US Embassy stated that “the United States and Jamaica continue to enjoy close ties based on shared values, trade, culture, tourism, and a vibrant diaspora community in the United States”.
The alleged disagreement, according to reports, was based on Jamaica’s refusal to accredit the spouse of an American diplomat in a same sex union and the United States’ decision not to extend the stay of three diplomats in Jamaica’s embassy and consulates in the United States.
“As of August 2021, diplomats from all worldwide bilateral missions to the United States are accredited for a maximum of five years. At the conclusion of the five-year period — in the absence of a waiver approved by the Department— the diplomats are expected to end their tour with the bilateral mission and depart the United States,” the US Embassy said in the post.
It added that ambassadors, charges d’affaires, and deputy chiefs of mission are exempt from the five year accreditation policy.