President David Granger made a quick one day trip to neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday to meet the new Trinidadian Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley.
The two leaders along with their Foreign Ministers met at the Prime Minister’s Port-of-Spain office for bilateral discussions.
They also discussed several matters of interest to both CARICOM states. This was the first meeting between the two Heads of Government since they were recently elected.
President Granger was elected to office back in May while Prime Minister Rowley won his country’s General Elections in early September.
A statement from Prime Minister Rowley’s office said the meeting was used to recommit cooperation between the two states which have a long history of cooperation and friendly ties.
President David Granger also used the meeting to update the Trinidadian Prime Minister on the ongoing issue with Venezuela and the recent meeting with the UN Secretary General and the Venezuelan President at the United Nations headquarters.
According to the Trinidad Newsday newspapers, “the Prime Minister conveyed the expectation that the situation would be resolved in the best interest of all, in accordance with international law, and that neither side would do anything to escalate the situation. In terms of strengthening existing TT-Guyana bilateral ties, Rowley and Granger exchanged views on deepening the collaboration already initiated in agriculture, skills development, and energy cooperation between both countries.”
Just after he was elected President, Mr. Granger held discussions with then Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar at the CARICOM summit in Barbados and she offered Trinidad’s full support to Guyana in the controversy with Venezuela.
Ms. Persad-Bissessar and President Granger held a second round of talks just before she was ousted as Prime Minister.