US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is denying any attempt to divide CARICOM.
This, as Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness also advised his regional colleagues against creating an artificial divide within the Caribbean Community.
Both men spoke at a press conference in Jamaica this morning, as part of a visit by the US Secretary of State to the island.
A suggestion that CARICOM heads meet as soon as possible, and come up with a strategy to deal with any possible fallout or dangerous scenarios, resulting from the recent détente between the United States and Iran.
It comes from Strategic Security Consultant and former Director of the National Operations Centre, Commander Garvin Heerah, who says Trinidad and Tobago should take the lead on this.
He warns that countries around the world where US interests are located have now been made more vulnerable, as a result of the current situation between Washington and Tehran.
That is what Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley believes has confronted the Caribbean region as a major hurdle in regional integration, when she spoke at the opening of the Regional Transformation forum for inclusive and sustainable growth at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown, yesterday morning.
Following are the opening remarks delivered by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the 19th Special Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Security currently taking place in Port-of-Spain:
A total of 120,055 Caricom nationals were allowed entry to T&T in 2018—but barbers beauticians, security guards and agricultural workers whom regional leaders recently proposed for regional free movement, can’t get this yet since it isn’t finalised.
T&T’s Prime Minister Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the leaders of two other countries who recently sought peace in Venezuela’s crisis aren’t among the five Caribbean leaders who’ve been invited to meet US President Donald Trump tomorrow on issues, including Venezuela.
While Rowley wasn’t on that invitation list, as word of Trump’s meeting was announced by the White House yesterday, US Ambassador Joseph Mondello held discussions with Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar at her Port-of-Spain office.
CARICOM leaders are concerned that humanitarian aid to Venezuela is being politicised.
At the conclusion of the 30th inter-sessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of Caricom in St. Kitts, Nevis, a joint communique was issued with an official statement on the recent escalation of tensions in Venezuela.
CARICOM reiterated its call for meaningful dialogue to bring an end to the ongoing conflict in the South American nation.