Imbert tries to spin absence …”WHY ROWLEY BLANKED BRITISH PM”

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No matter how Colm Imbert spins it, the fact is Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley did not go to a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.

According to Imbert, Rowley decided to go to a meeting with executives of Shell and BP in London.
Rowley met with BP on Monday and Shell on Tuesday.

The Office of Theresa May called a meeting of the 12 Caribbean leaders for Tuesday to discuss the Windrush situation where nationals of the Caribbean islands were threatened with deportation although they have been living in the UK for more than 50 years.

Instead Rowley sent lame duck Dennis Moses, the Minister of Foreign and Caricom Affairs and our High Commissioner to the UK, Orville London, both of whom sat in the meeting with May and said nothing.

On Thursday, Imbert, the acting Prime Minister said Rowley did not attend the meeting of Caricom heads with May, but was instead involved in preparations for vital meetings with oil firms BP and Shell to boost revenues accruing to Trinidad and Tobago, in light of billions of dollars in leakage from the energy sector.

Imbert noted that May’s invitation to Caricom leaders had been issued late, that is, the evening before the morning set for the meeting. He also noted that the May/Caricom meeting was not officially listed on the agenda of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

In other words, as far as Rowley was concerned, meeting with the oil executives was more important than meeting with May to discuss the threatening deportation of Trinidad and Tobago nationals.

Why couldn’t Franklyn Khan, the Minister of Energy head the team to meet the oil executives? Why send Moses to the May meeting and say nothing? Why did Rowley surrender this country’s leading role in Caricom to the Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness?

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DR KEITH ROWLEY, RIGHT, AT THE MEETING WITH BP OFFICIALS

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