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Trinidad and Tobago stands with Barbados on US invitation

  • Written by Calvin G. Brown -Wiredja.com
  • Published in CARICOM
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PORT OF SPAIN,  January 20, 2020 - The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, has given support to the position of CARICOM Chairman and Prime Ministrer of Barbados, Mia Amour Mottley, not to send a representative to a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jamaica on Tuesday.

In a statement today, T&T Prime Minister Dr  Keith Rowley said Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley has his country’s full support.

“PM Mottley has the full support of the Government and the people of Trinidad and Tobago in outlining our principles and vision of Caribbean unity. In the expectation of Caribbean unity, the Prime Minister of Barbados speaks for Trinidad and Tobago,” said Prime Minister Rowley.

Prime Minister Mottley said that as Chairman of CARICOM she will not agree to send her Foreign Minister to attend a meeting to which some members of CARICOM were not invited. She described the move as an attempt to divide the CARICOM region.

Prime Minister Rowley has repeatedly stated that Trinidad and Tobago stands on its proud history of fairness on the world stage, ranging from opposition to apartheid in South Africa to opposing the US invasion of Grenada.

A round table meeting set for Tuesday in Kingston, is expected to include the foreign ministers of Bahamas, Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Pompeo’s main ally in the region, Jamaica.

The CARICOM CXhair, on Saturday said “We don’t look to pick fights. I don’t look to pick fights, but I am conscious that if this country does not stand for something, then it will fall for anything. “As chairman of CARICOM, it is impossible for me to agree that my foreign minister should attend a meeting with anyone to which members of CARICOM are not invited. If some are invited and not all, then it is an attempt to divide this region,” Mottley said.

“I am conscious that when Errol Barrow stood and remarked that 'we shall be friends of all and satellites of none', little did he know that that statement would be embraced by every single prime minister of governments that succeeded him. It is as valid today, perhaps even more so than it was at the time of its initial delivery.

“And I say so, conscious that principles only mean something when it is inconvenient to stand by them. Conscious that this region must always check itself to ensure that we not become the pawns of others, the satellites of others, but that we keep every most and uppermost in our minds what we must do for our people without simply becoming pawns on a chessboard for others to be able to benefit from,” Mottley stated.

It’s understood that Pompeo may be seeking the support of Caribbean countries in the re-election of Luis Almagro as secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), which Trump’s government actively promotes.

“Almagro is the leader we need for the OAS to continue proactively addressing the central challenges facing the region,” said Pompeo last week, who will speak at the OAS headquarters in Washington on Friday before the delegates of the 34 active members of theorganization.

Last modified onMonday, 20 January 2020 21:00
  • Countries: Trinidad_Tobago