National Security: We take fight against terrorism seriously

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 13:45

The Ministry of National Security is seeking to reassure all that it takes the fight against terrorism seriously, in light of recent statements made by a MSNBC contributor who mentioned this country as being a producer of terrorists.

The Ministry issued the following statement on the matter on Monday afternoon:

"The Government of Trinidad and Tobago gives the assurance that it works closely with international partners - especially the United States, Britain and Canada - in strategic areas such as intelligence and information sharing, concerning nationals found to be associated with any terrorist group whether locally or internationally.

Such a global partnership has proven to be the most effective approach for countries to be better able to treat with transnational crime and threats of terrorism.

The Ministry of National Security wishes to acknowledge that while this country is currently experiencing challenges with some Trinidad and Tobago nationals being linked to terrorist groups internationally, Trinidad and Tobago takes the fight against global terrorism seriously and is continuously taking all necessary measures to combat the threat.

The Ministry of National Security is working closely with the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, which has established an Anti-Terrorism Desk to address, amongst other things, legislative amendments required to the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Further, our Courts, based on applications made by the Attorney General, have listed over 300 individuals or entities and their associates which were designated as terrorist entities by the Security Council of the United Nations. 

The Ministry of National Security underscores this Government’s commitment to combat terrorism and will continue working assiduously alongside regional and international partners to safeguard this country and the region as a whole."