KINGSTON — Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, has instructed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh to meet with the United States Ambassador regarding the revocation of the visa of former Energy and Mining Minister, Hon. James Robertson.
This was disclosed by Minister of Information, Telecommunication and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, during yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.
Mr. Vaz said that the Prime Minister, who was officially informed of the visa revocation last Friday (May 20), is seeking further information on the matter.
“The issuance of all visas is a right of a sovereign nation or state and the privilege of a visa holder. They (the US) have taken a decision and that is within their right. We can pursue that as best as possible, through diplomatic channels, to make sure that whatever the reason and the cause is, we find out and deal with it accordingly,” Mr. Vaz stated.
As to why Mr. Robertson resigned from the Cabinet, the Information Minister said that not having a visa made his position as a Minister of Government almost untenable.
“Automatically, it goes without saying, it prevents…you from carrying out your portfolio responsibilities. That was something that was taken into consideration not by the Cabinet but James himself, which made it that much easier…in terms of having to take a position or give an opinion,” Mr. Vaz said.
In the wake of Mr. Robertson’s resignation, Prime Minister Golding has assumed responsibility for the Energy and Mining portfolio, pending a review of portfolio responsibilities within the Cabinet.
State Minister for Energy and Mining, Hon. Laurence Broderick will assist the Prime Minister in the day-to-day running of the Ministry.
By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter