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.