Trinidad & Tobago prime minister defends position on Venezuela

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says the ongoing political and economic situation in Venezuela “is the most challenging foreign policy issue” for Trinidad and Tobago as he reiterated the country’s support for the Caribbean Community (Caricom) position of non-interference and open to constructive dialogue.

Rowley, speaking at a public meeting of his ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) here on Tuesday night, said the situation in Caracas where Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó is seeking to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, is the most challenging the twin-island republic, situated seven miles from Venezuela “has had to deal with.

“Our sovereignty is not as a result of or to be sold to an individual., country to country. It doesn’t matter who wins the election in Trinidad or who wins it in Venezuela; Venezuela has an ongoing friendly relationship with Trinidad and Tobago,” he said, dismissing Opposition calls here for the Government to support Guaido.

“There are those who decide that whoever is president in Venezuela… you could do as you wish, but please allow me to say that I am not joining you. We are preserving our position of neutrality, we have no business in other people’s business like that,” said Rowley.