US says Trinidad and Tobago is a "valued partner" in advancing peace

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 11:00

United States Secretary of State, John Kerry says Trinidad and Tobago is a valued partner in advancing peace and development in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

In a message on Wednesday to mark Trinidad and Tobago's 54th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain, Kerry said the US looks forward to building on the progress made during Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s visit to Washington earlier this year.

He said the US will work with Trinidad and Tobago to “promote Caribbean energy security, support democratic governance, and combat public health threats.”

New York City Council Member Jumaane D Williams, the Grenadian American Deputy Council Leader, also congratulated Trinidad and Tobago.

“This monumental day for the twin-island nations comes at a perfect time, as we witnessed proud Trinidadian and Tobagonians making their 17th appearance at the summer Olympics in Rio,” said Williams, who represents the predominantly Caribbean 45th Council District in Brooklyn.

“As an elected official representing one of the most vibrant Caribbean communities in New York City, I look forward to returning to the Eastern Parkway to mark this holiday and to put our Caribbean heritage on display for the entire world,” added Williams about the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade that takes place annually on Labor Day, the first Monday in September, a public holiday in the United States.

“I look forward to the many celebrations that are ahead of us, from the parades, to the music, as well as delighting in the achievements of the people of the dual island nation,” he continued.

Williams noted that Trinidad and Tobago and the United States “belong to a number of the same international organizations, and it pleasures me to witness the collaborative efforts of both nations, working together to strengthen the migrated communities”.