National Security Minister Stuart Young has assured Trinidad and Tobago that its relationship with the United States continues to be a very strong one. He dismissed as “mischief” in the public domain, the possibility of US sanctions being imposed against this country following a recent visit by Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez.

The MInister gave the assurance while responding to a question raised in the Senate by Opposition member, Wade Mark on Wednesday. But, according to a T&T Guardian report, the US embassy has said that T&T breached the Rio Treaty by allowing Rodriguez to land in this country on March 27. 

Rodriguez, along with PDVSA officials, attended a meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Government has since said that discussions centered around COVID 19.

The Rio Treaty, signed in 1947, is an agreement between countries in the Western Hemisphere to provide mutual defense if an act of aggression threatens the peace. In delivering his response, Young re-stated Trinidad and Tobago’s position of non-intervention and non-interference in Venezuela’s affairs.

He maintained that the US remains a significant ally of this country, referencing a security meeting yesterday with US officials in which a multi-million dollar drug bust made possible through the nations’ partnership was discussed.