Rowley Talks to Blinken on Security, Venezuela

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Washington, DC – Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington on Monday.

The discussions centered on national security and firearms trafficking.

Particular emphasis was given to the collaborative efforts through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, the US’s cornerstone regional program aimed at enhancing citizen safety and fostering sustainable development, a release from the Office of the Prime Minister stated.

Talks also included the ongoing challenges and opportunities that Venezuela’s situation presents, especially concerning Trinidad and Tobago’s endeavors towards ensuring regional energy security.

Additionally, cybersecurity and digital policy, along with Haiti’s continuing instability, were recognised as critical areas for cooperation, indicating a deepened integration of interests and strategies between the two nations, the release stated

Dr Rowley also held a meeting with United States Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai. Tai, serving as a principal trade advisor within the President’s Cabinet, plays a crucial role in shaping US trade policies. The United States is acknowledged as Trinidad and Tobago’s largest trading partner, with both leaders discussing ways to enhance this dynamic economic partnership and expand bilateral trade opportunities.

The discussions with Ambassador Tai revolved around exploring systemic enhancements to the Caribbean Basin Initiative, strategies for secure supply chain management, and the formulation of trade policies that prioritize the welfare of the people.

Dr Rowley was accompained by Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Dr Amery Browne, Minister of Energy Stuart Young, Minister of Digital Transformation Hassel Bacchus and Chief of Defence Staff of the Air Vice-Marshal Darryl Daniel.

Dr Rowley’s itinerary includes participating in further meetings and continuing to advocate and pursue Trinidad and Tobago’s strategic interests on the global stage.

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