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  • Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, says assurance has been given by Trinidad and Tobago that any administrative delays in the processing of 53 Jamaican detainees will be cleared.
  • “Any administrative delays in the processing for the return of Jamaican nationals in detention to allow them to be speedily reunited with their families is of immediate concern to my Administration,” Mr. Holness said.
  • Mr. Holness said Dr. Rowley has agreed to pay an official visit to Jamaica in the near future, to continue discussions at the political level.

Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness, says assurance has been given by Trinidad and Tobago that any administrative delays in the processing of 53 Jamaican detainees will be cleared.

In a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 7, Mr. Holness said the pledge was given during bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley, at the Association of Caribbean States Summit held in Cuba on June 4.

“Any administrative delays in the processing for the return of Jamaican nationals in detention to allow them to be speedily reunited with their families is of immediate concern to my Administration,” Mr. Holness said.

He also informed that work is in progress on the designated area at the Piarco Airport for holding persons being returned from Trinidad and Tobago.

The Prime Minister said that discussions will continue on other issues, including the implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), petroleum pricing and a bilateral framework arrangement with Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Holness said Dr. Rowley has agreed to pay an official visit to Jamaica in the near future, to continue discussions at the political level.

The Association of Caribbean States was established on  July 24, 1994 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, with the aim of increasing cooperation among countries of the Greater Caribbean in four principal areas: the preservation and conservation of the Caribbean Sea; sustainable tourism; trade development and economic external relations; and transport and disaster risk reduction.

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