For­eign af fairs min­is­ter to present state­ment on T’dad talks

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

AFORMAL state­ment out­lin­ing the most re­cent dis­cus­sions be­tween Ja­maica and the twin­is­land repub­lic of Trinidad and Tobago will be pre­sented to the Se­nate soon.

This was dis­closed by Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs and For­eign Trade Kam­ina John­son Smith, while re­spond­ing to ques­tions posed by op­po­si­tion mem­bers re­gard­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries at Fri­day’s sit­ting of the Se­nate.

“The state­ment will pro­vide a more com­plete up­date on where we are with the is­sues; suf­fice it to say that progress has been made,” she said. Se­na­tor John­son Smith in­formed that although the new fa­cil­i­ties for per­sons who have been de­nied en­try has not been com­pleted by its July dead­line at the Piarco In­ter­na­tional Air­port, an­other area has been con­structed and ren­o­vated to “fa­cil­i­tate per­sons who are not landed.

“It was toured by Min­is­ter of Na­tional Se­cu­rity Robert Mon­tague and our high com­mis­sioner on Oc­to­ber 13. There are im­prove­ments which we have asked for, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of a tele­phone,” she said. Se­na­tor John­son Smith said the in­stal­la­tion of the tele­phone will al­low per­sons to com­mu­ni­cate with rel­e­vant par­ties who could as­sist if the vis­i­tors have been de­nied en­try.

She fur­ther noted that dis­cus­sions were un­der­taken with Min­is­ter of For­eign and CARICOM Af­fairs of the Repub­lic of Trinidad and Tobago, Se­na­tor the Hon Den­nis Moses, dur­ing the 71st United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly, which was held in New York from Septem­ber 19 to 24.

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