U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice travels to Nassau Tuesday to take part in a meeting with foreign ministers from CARICOM, the Caribbean Community.
The State Department says Secretary Rice's talks will cover U.S. engagement in the Caribbean, deepening cooperation with countries in the region, as well as democracy, security and improving disaster preparation.
Secretary Rice is also expected to meet with Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie for talks on bilateral relations. The secretary of state will be in The Bahamas through Wednesday.
The State Department describes the Caribbean as the third border of the United States and says CARICOM and the U.S. work together as neighbors to stem illegal drug trafficking and promote security in the Western Hemisphere.