T&T, Venezuela talk border security


    Border security was the main topic of discussion as National Security Minister Stuart Young and Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne met with their Venezuelan counterparts yesterday.

    The virtual meeting focused on strengthening the bilateral mechanisms for maritime security cooperation between both countries.

    Discussions also further outlined a framework for joint efforts to combat human and narcotics trafficking, migrant smuggling and other forms of transnational organized crime.

    Minister Young also noted that border security was a critical element in efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in T&T.

    Both delegations expressed their commitment to continued collaboration on security matters of mutual interest and promoting the maintenance of law and order.

    Veneuela’s contingent included Minister of Defence Admiral Carmen Meléndez, Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Alberto Arreaza Montserrat,
    Ambassador to T&T Carlos Amador Perez Silva.

    In addition to Ministers Young and Browne, T&T’s contingent also included Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Mr. Gary Joseph; Chief of Defence Staff Air Commodore Darryl Daniel; Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Captain Don Polo; Chief Immigration Officer Ms. Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews; and Deputy Director, International Affairs Unit, Ministry of National Security Major (Ret’d) Richard Lynch.