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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Caricom and Trinidad and Tobago are looking forward to working with new US President Joe Biden.

Guardian Media was told Caricom chairman Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday sent a congratulatory letter to Biden, who took the oath of office alongside Vice President Kamala Harris yesterday.

Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne also say the T&T Government is eagerly anticipating working with Biden on a range of issues and building on “the long history of excellent relations between both nations.”

Biden and Harris were sworn in at Capitol Hill in a ceremony which featured extra tight security due to the recent storming of Capitol Hill by rioters loyal to outgoing President Donald Trump. The usual crowds were also not allowed for the inaugural parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Browne said, “The Government of T&T wishes the best for the people of the United States and was pleased with the advent of a peaceful and orderly Presidential inauguration in Washington DC.”

Browne said the ministry followed the inauguration proceedings closely and also linked with T&T’s Embassy in Washington.

Biden, in his first speech yesterday, had said the US understood that the world was watching that country yesterday. To those, Biden said: “So here’s my message to those beyond our borders. America has been tested and we’ve come out stronger for it. We will repair our alliances, and engage with the world once again. Not to meet yesterday’s challenges but today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. And we’ll lead not merely by the example of our power but the power of our example.”