Thursday 21 February, 2019

PM gets letter from Australian PM

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley received a letter from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday on the planned purchase of two vessels for the Trinidad-Tobago sea bridge.

In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister said Morrison was pleased with the development of the plans.

"Prime Minister Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley has received a letter from the Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Scott Morrison."

"Prime Minister Morrison indicated that he was pleased Prime Minister Rowley’s visit to Australia in May 2018 was productive and led to Government’s decision to use Australia’s world-class shipbuilders to supply new ferries and patrol boats to Trinidad and Tobago."

"The letter further stated that Australia values its warm relationship with Trinidad and Tobago, a country with which it shares historical links, Commonwealth membership and a commitment to the rules-based international system."

The PM's office said this year Australia and Trinidad and Tobago will commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations.

The statement comes after questions were raised by former minister and Opposition member, Devant Maharaj, regarding the transparency of the purchase. 

Maharaj contacted the Australian Attorney General regarding the purchase and said the matter had been referred to Australian police.

However, Dr Rowley rubbished the claims, saying the transaction was untainted. 

 

 

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