Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Moses responds to reports US urged T&T to withdraw from Rio Treaty

Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses

Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Dennis Moses

Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Dennis Moses has responded to media reports that the US State Department has suggested that Trinidad and Tobago should withdraw from the Rio Treaty if it is not willing to abide by the decisions made by the member countries.

According to an article in the Trinidad Guardian on Tuesday, the US State Department said it was "concerned" by the statement of the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs who "asserted that his country is not bound by the Rio Treaty."

Responding to an urgent question in the Senate on Tuesday on whether Trinidad and Tobago will withdraw from the Rio Treaty, the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs noted that the Prime Minister recently stated the country's position on the issue.

Last week, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley stated that the Government has not taken any decision to pull out of the Rio Treaty.

Moses added "attempts to foist any other policy upon us is tantamount to undermining the foreign policy of Trinidad and Tobago."

"Recenty, only last week, this matter meaning whether Trinidad and Tobago should cease being a member of the Rio Treaty, was the focus of a question to the Prime Minister during a press conference. The Prime Minister responded pointedly and in clear and articulate terms. The Government continues to preserve notwithstanding the local efforts to counter-attack the foreign policy of Trinidad and Tobago."

"The Government is insistent and resolute in safeguarding the welfare of our population. Attempts to foist any other policy upon us is tantamount to undermining the foreign policy of Trinidad and Tobago and imperiling the welfare of citizens and protection of the national interest of Trindad and Tobago." 

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