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Rowley's fence-mending visit commendable

Published:Saturday | July 23, 2016 | 7:00 AM

SEKARD

St Elizabeth

 

The mature disposition of Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley and his delegation was worthy of praise and should not be viewed lightly. It could have gone otherwise.

For Rowley to take time out for a five-day visit speaks volumes of the man. It means that he sincerely wants to make amends and move relations forward.

William Mahfood's seemingly genuine smile and firm handshake did not go unnoticed. He was one of the advocates among the business community who threatened boycotts of Trinidad's products. Thumbs up, Mr Rowley, for taking time out to meet with private-sector leaders.

Whatever the contents of the signed agreement between these two CARICOM ministers, it is hoped that chief among this agreement will be the fair treatment and movement of our nationals between both countries. In the meantime, Jamaicans who travel to Trinidad should ensure that they demonstrate their worthiness of travel by providing proper documentation and conduct themselves with dignity and integrity, which are hallmarks of any proud Jamaican.

As Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness accepts the invitation from Rowley to visit Trinidad, let us wish him and his delegation an equally warm reception and continued discussions, matched with action, that will enable a win-win situation for both countries.