T&T remains willing US counterterrorism partner
After being named the country with the highest per capita rate of ISIS recruitment in the Western Hemisphere, the Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Ministry has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to being a willing United States counterterrorism partner.
The US Department of State’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2016 noted that Trinidad and Tobago has accepted offers of assistance to share border security information, develop a strategy to counter violent extremism and prosecute terrorists.
The 2016 report noted that there are no known indigenous nor foreign terrorist groups operating in Trinidad and Tobago and that an inter-agency National Counterterrorism Working Group led by the Ministry of National Security is working on a national counterterrorism strategy.
The report also recognised the membership of Trinidad and Tobago has sought to counter the financing of terrorism in key financial action task force bodies and while the offence of terrorist financing has been criminalised.
T&T’s active participation of Trinidad and Tobago in regional security initiatives was also noted.
In seeking to improve the country’s rating, the Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Ministry said improvements are being pursued in its efforts to combat anti-money laundering/ the financing of terrorism framework.
Addressing areas of concern highlighted in the report, the Ministry said Trinidad and Tobago continues to seek ways to enhance its legislation, strengthen law enforcement and border security and to develop strategies to treat with new elements of criminality.
The Ministry also expressed its appreciation for collaboration and cooperation to strengthen and enhance national and regional security and to reaffirm the country’s commitment to working with the United States of America to counter all forms of terrorism and violent extremism.