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International: Trump tells Russia to get its troops out of Venezuela

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to pull its troops from Venezuela and warned that "all options" were open to make that happen.

"Russia has to get out," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, where he met with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Two Russian air force planes landed outside Caracas on Saturday carrying nearly 100 Russian troops.

The US government believes the troops include special forces and cybersecurity personnel.

US Embassy seeks 7 students for youth ambassadors programme

The US Embassy has opened applications for the 2019 Youth Ambassadors Programme.

The embassy says it is looking for seven students between the ages 15-18 years and one adult mentor to participate in the three-week exchange programme from August 8-26, in the US.

The Youth Ambassadors programme is funded by the US Department of State and implemented by US Embassy Trinidad and Tobago.

The deadline for applications is midnight, April 15, 2019.

Moses: Guaido provided new information

Gov­ern­ment is main­tain­ing its po­si­tion of non-in­ter­fer­ence in Venezue­lan af­fairs af­ter For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Den­nis Moses at­tend­ed a Cari­com meet­ing in Bar­ba­dos to par­tic­i­pate in a con­fer­ence call with Venezuela's self-de­clared in­ter­im pres­i­dent, Juan Guai­do.

Moses told the me­dia on Sun­day that he does not rule out talks with Venezue­lan pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro. On Sat­ur­day, Moses at­tend­ed a pre­vi­ous­ly undis­closed meet­ing with oth­er re­gion­al For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ters in Bar­ba­dos and par­tic­i­pat­ed in the video call.

US announces new sanctions on Venezuela while Trump meets with Caribbean leaders

The Trump administration has announced additional sanctions for Venezuela in response to what it describes as the illegal arrest of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s chief of staff.

The Treasury Department announcement came while President Donald Trump met with leaders from five Caribbean nations, where Venezuela was at the top of the agenda.

The department is specifically targeting Venezuela’s national development bank, BANDES, and four additional subsidiaries that BANDES owns or controls.

Rowley not among 5 Caribbean leaders to meet with Trump Friday

The White House says President Donald Trump will meet with leaders of five Caribbean nations on Friday in an effort to strengthen cooperation on security and trade issues.

Trinidad and Tobago will not be represented at that meeting.

The meeting at Mar-a-Lago, the president's resort in Palm Beach, will feature the leaders of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump will use the meeting to thank the leaders for their support for peace and democracy in Venezuela.

Kamla meets US Ambassador

Opposition Leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar has met with US Ambassador of the United States of America to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello.

A statement by the Office of the Leader of the Opposition says that several matters of national importance were discussed during the meeting, which took place at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, Charles Street, Port of Spain.

The statement did not go into any further details.

19 countries confirm attendance to CARIFESTA XIV

With 5 months to go to CARIFESTA XIV, 19 countries have confirmed their attendance at this premier festival of the arts from August 16th-25th, 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Sixteen Caribbean member and associate member states have responded to the official invitation to participate in the festival which was issued via a CARICOM SAVINGRAM on December 7, 2018.

In addition, Canada, Venezuela and Curacao have also signaled their intention to be part of the event. 

USAID gives T&T US$1.6 million to assist Venezuelans fleeing homeland

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has made available US$1.6 million to Trinidad and Tobago to assist Venezuelans fleeing their homeland.

Representatives from USAID, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. Embassy, Trinidadian and Venezuelan civil society met in Port of Spain between March 13-15, to determine how the U.S. can assist the people of Trinidad and Tobago in managing the impacts of the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

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