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Trinidad promises to improve conditions for Jamaicans denied entry

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2016 | 6:11 PM
Kamina Johnson Smith .... Trinidad's commitment to providing dignified facilities was made after a meeting with Trinidad's Foreign Affairs Minister David Moses.

The Trinidadian government has promised to prepare an appropriate area at the Piarco Airport by July to house Jamaicans and other nationals who are denied entry to the republic.

There have been tensions between both countries following complaints that Jamaicans were treated inhumanely by immigration officials at the Piarco Airport after being denied entry.

Jamaica's Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith says the commitment to providing dignified facilities was made after a meeting with Trinidad's Foreign Affairs Minister David Moses.

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith

Johnson Smith says Trinidad has also promised to train immigration officials to deal with persons who are denied entry.

 

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith

According to Johnson Smith, Jamaica will take its issues with Trinidad to the next meeting of the CARICOM heads of government meeting scheduled for July.

The foreign affairs minister was speaking Wednesday afternoon at a meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament.