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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, at his meeting with His Excellency Carlos Amador Perez Silva, the Venezuelan Ambassador, today (Monday 21 December 2020). Image courtesy Office of the Prime Minister.

Security, immigration and COVID-19 were on the agenda when Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley met with Venezuelan Ambassador Carlos Amador Perez Silva this morning at the Diplomatic Centre.

The meeting, which was also attended by Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs Dr Amery Browne, Minister of National Security and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young and Ricardo Sánchez, Chief of the Consular Section of the Venezuelan Embassy, came after weeks of scrutiny of Trinidad and Tobago’s handling of Venezuelan migrants, particularly amid reports that several Venezuelan migrants drowned in a boat headed to T&T from Guiria.

The tragedy prompted criticism of the government’s handling of the situation as well as protests outside T&T’s embassy in Caracas.

At last Thursday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, Dr defended the government’s policy and handling of migrants as well as its stance pn votes concerning Venezuela at the Organisation of American States (OAS).