Moses complains 'forcefully' to Jamaica's Foreign Minister about search on Minister Webster-Roy

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 13:00

Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dennis Moses has written to Jamaica's Minister of Foerign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith, complaining in a "forceful manner" about the search on Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Ayanna Webster-Roy, as she boarded a flight in Jamaica on Friday.

Minister Moses told the Parliament today that he also expressed his concern to the Jamaican High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago based in Port-of-Spain, and the T&T High Commissioner based in Kingston, Jamaica.

He told the Senate today that he "personally consulted" with a number of the members of the delegation that travelled to Jamaica to participated in the regional parliamentary forum and the high commissioners to get "as much factual information possible".

"I, in a very forceful manner made known to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jamaica our complaints, and I countered in a robust fashion whatever counter arguments would have been presented. I also consulted and made known to the High Commissioner of Jamaica based here in Port-of-Spain, the nature of our complaint and I followed it up by writing to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica in a rather pointed fashion, our concerns," Minister Moses said. 

He said the Ministry is working to ensure that incidents of searches being carried out on government officials travelling on diplomatic passports, be minimised.

The Jamaican Foreign Minister has said that the search was not carried out by Jamaican authorities but by airline officials.

She has called the incident, "regretted".