PM defends criticism of OAS, reiterates stance on Venezuela

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    Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has doubled down on this country’s stance as it relates to illegal Venezuelan migrants, while also defending recent comments made about the Organization of American States.

    In a Facebook post yesterday, Dr Rowley criticized the OAS, the Opposition and others of pushing a false narrative regarding the recent drowning of several Venezuelans.

    Dr Rowley played a clip from May 31st 2017, in which he said that T&T, while concerned about the situation in Venezuela, will not interfere in the affairs of other countries.

    Venezuela left the OAS soon after.

    He said T&T has done what it could to help, by undertaking a registration exercise last year for Venezuelans in the country.

    Dr Rowley also insisted that T&T was not at fault for the drowning incident, and that its membership in the OAS is not in danger.

    Regarding registered Venezuelans in T&T, Dr Rowley says they will receive a six month extension, and will be required to re-register.