Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will join the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley and CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris at an international meeting on the situation on Venezuela which will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay on Thursday 07 February, 2019.
The Ministry of National Security says the situation involving Trinidad and Tobago nationals being ‘kidnapped’ and currently held in Venezuela has been attracting its attention.
The ministry says the matter is on-going and at a very sensitive stage.
It says that accordingly, details and specific information surrounding the circumstances of this matter cannot be provided at this time.
A Venezuelan judge and his wife, an economist with Venezuela’s Military University, who fled their homeland last year to escape political persecution, has found renewed hope with Venezuelan’s interim president Juan Guaido.
Manuel Romero and his wife Lorimar Silva came to Trinidad through Cedros in August last year. They applied for refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner as asylum seekers and was granted permission to stay in T&T.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the CARICOM team in New York are this morning meeting with the President of the United Nations María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.
The Office of the Prime Minister says this is the first of several meetings carded for today.
The meeting follows their talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday when they put forward CARICOM's position on Venezuela.
CARICOM is seeking mediation and has taken a position of non-intervention and non-interference in Venezuela.
Oil rose above $52 a barrel as the White House announced new sanctions against Venezuela’s state oil company Monday, bringing another supply risk to the market.
Futures rose as much as 1.2 percent in New York, following a 3.2 percent drop Monday.
The Trump administration issued fresh sanctions on PDVSA which effectively block President Nicolas Maduro’s regime from exporting Venezuela’s crude to the U.S.
That came hours after Saudi Arabia pledged deeper cuts in February as part of a deal with its allies to cut oil production.to the market.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he has spoken to CARICOM leaders and has told them that he is open to mediation talks in "Trinidad and Tobago or wherever", with the Venezuelan opposition.
His remark came in a speech to members of the Venezuelan diplomatic corps in Caracas Monday.