US Ambassador Joseph Mondello has issued a statement saying that he has spoken to National Security Minister Stuart Young about the visit of the Venezuelan Vice-President’s visit to this country.

The following is the statement.

“Normally I do not comment on private conversations with host government officials.

Since the government has spoken publicly about my May 6 conversation with Minister Young, though, I wish to affirm that I expressed concern to the Minister in that conversation about the
consistency of Delcy Rodriguez’s visit to Port of Spain with Trinidad and Tobago’s
obligations as a party to the Rio Treaty.

Article 20 of the Rio Treaty makes it unambiguously clear that all measures imposed by the Organ of Consultation — like the travel restrictions on Ms. Rodriguez — are binding on all treaty parties, whether or not they voted in favor of such measures.”