Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says that despite the ongoing rumours of otherwise, he knows of no move by the United States government to sanction Trinidad and Tobago.
Despite media reports which suggested a shipment of fuel from Paria Fuel Trading Company may have ended up eventually in Venezuela, a country that is currently sanctioned by the US, the Prime Minister says the entire matter has been blown out of proportion.
“I know of no approach by the United States to put sanctions on Trinidad and Tobago because we have not earned it. As I’ve said before, we have nothing in front of us document-wise where the United States has said to us ‘You have done xyz’. The only received is them saying that ‘we have seen from open sources’. You know what open sources means? The newspapers,” he said.
Dr Rowley says that, to date, no one has been able to prove that the government was involved in any transaction that could warrant being sanctioned by the US.
“Up to now, I have seen no confirmation from any source that the fuel that we sold went to Venezuela and even if it did, it is not our transaction that would have done that," he added.
Dr Rowley, who was speaking on Tobago Channel 5's Rise and Shine Programme, again assured that the relationship between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago is as solid as ever.
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