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Trinidad accepts invitation to meet over deportation of Jamaicans

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2013 | 3:21 PM

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has accepted an invitation from Jamaica's Foreign Affairs Minister for a meeting to discuss worrying immigration issues.



Jamaica's Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister A.J. Nicholson this week dispatched the invitation to his Trinidadian counterpart Winston Dookeran to Kingston through the Trinidadian Ambassador to Jamaica.



Dookeran later told the Caribbean Media Corporation that he expects the meeting would take place as soon as all the necessary logistics were in place.



The Jamaican foreign minister has said the number of Jamaicans being returned from Trinidad had generated considerable public outrage and could undermine Jamaicans’ confidence and diminish goodwill towards the country and the wider regional integration movement.



Nicholson had also said he hoped the talks would take place before year end.



Media reports had indicated that the 13 Jamaicans were denied entry into Port of Spain on Tuesday last week and sent back to their homeland the following day after being detained.



Jamaicans have been calling for a boycott of Trinidadian goods over what they call the poor treatment by the Trinidadians.



However, Trinidad has maintained that the 13 Jamaicans were justifiably denied entry because they did not meet immigration requirements.



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