US Ambassador meets with PM

United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago Joseph Mondello has met with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today.

The meeting took place at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.

The Office of the Prime Minister said Dr Rowley received a courtesy call from United States Ambassador, Joseph N. Mondello today at the Diplomatic Center, St Ann’s.

Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses and Minister of National Security, Communications and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young also attended the meeting.

The meeting focused on a wide range of issues of mutual interest between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.

Both parties reinforced their commitment to continue their long history of co-operation and the building and strengthening of ties between the two countries.

This is the first time that the two are meeting since the public criticism over Trinidad and Tobago's stance on Venezuela.

In January this year, Ambassador Mondello de­scribed as “deeply con­cern­ing” state­ments com­ing from the T&T Gov­ern­ment recog­nis­ing the “un­de­mo­c­ra­t­ic and il­le­git­i­mate gov­ern­ment” of Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela.

Hours lat­er, dur­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to a de­bate on an Op­po­si­tion mo­tion in Par­lia­ment, Prime Min­is­ter Dr Kei­th Row­ley fired back at Am­bas­sador Mon­del­lo’s state­ment.

“I take um­brage at the Unit­ed States Am­bas­sador in Trinidad and To­ba­go mak­ing a pub­lic state­ment, crit­i­cis­ing the ac­tions of the gov­ern­ment of Trinidad and To­ba­go as we take ac­tion in pro­tec­tion of the in­ter­est of the peo­ple of Trinidad and To­ba­go,” he said.

“Madam Speak­er, we in Trinidad and To­ba­go un­der all our gov­ern­ments, we have pre­served the sov­er­eign po­si­tion of the peo­ple of Trinidad and To­ba­go. If to­day there are peo­ple in the op­po­si­tion who be­lieve that they have to take in­struc­tions from some­body else and the US Em­bassy on Mar­li Street, leave the PNM out of that.”

Trinidad and Tobago has maintained its position of non-intervention and non-interference in Venezuela.








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