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Foreign affairs ministry receives two complaints from Jamaicans who visited Trinidad

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2016 | 4:16 AM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade says two Jamaicans have come forward with complaints about the treatment meted out to them in Trinidad and Tobago.

The ministry had made to call for reports to be submitted following complaints in the media by persons that they were mistreated by Trinidadian authorities who denied them entry on March 21, 2016.

The ministry says the formal complaints received on Thursday will be transmitted to the Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Ministry for their attention and response.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, says the reports will supplement the actions taken by Jamaica’s High Commissioner in Port-of-Spain, who has made representation on the issue to the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago.

She says the ministry hopes the reports will ensure that the issue receives renewed attention and focus.

The Minister reminds the public that, following official consultations between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

She also says the Ministry will renew its efforts to get the relevant authorities, including Caribbean Airlines, to put in place suitable provisions to ensure that Jamaicans are properly treated when they travel.

In 2013 and 2014 Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago held talks on the matter of free movement under the CARICOM Single Market and Economy, with both sides agreeing to take actions to address the issue in various ways.