Foreign Affairs Ministry gives its version of what happened at airport

The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs is seeking to clarify what transpired at the Piarco International Airport, that led to a security officer being suspended by the Airports Authority.

The ministry says that Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Dennis Moses and Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis as part of a national delegation, arrived at the on 20 September, 2018 aboard flight BW 527 at 9:25 a.m. from Guyana on official duty after participating in the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding on Energy between Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.

It says that in keeping with standard protocol, the ministers were escorted through a secure area of the airport terminal building to enable their exit from the building.

It adds that for ease of departure, the ministers were guided through the duty-free area to the first visible exit, which was controlled by Airports Authority security personnel.

The security officer on duty at the exit indicated that the party should proceed to the Customs area to exit the building.

The statement says that the protocol officer identified the ministers to the officer and requested that the security officer facilitate their passage through the exit.

However, access was denied.

It says that following an exchange between the security officer and the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, the party exited the terminal building via the Customs area.

 

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