PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The governments of Trinidad and Tobago and of the United States have once again reaffirmed their commitment to support and collaborate with each other aggressively to treat with the evolving phenomenon of violent extremism and transnational crime.
This demonstration of strengthened bilateral arrangement was confirmed today at a courtesy call made to the minister of national security, Edmund Dillon, by General Raymond Thomas, the 11th Commander of the United States Special Operation Command (USSOCOM).
Dillon noted that, while violent extremism is not a local issue, Trinidad and Tobago is treating with the concern of some citizens travelling to areas of conflict and eventually returning home. He explained that his government is addressing this matter by utilising a two pronged approach: legislative framework and operation.
Dillon said the government is actively engaging its regional and international partners including the United States to treat with these global challenges. He welcomed stronger collaboration with partner nations such as the United States.
Also attending the meeting was the attorney general, Faris Al-Rawi, who said Trinidad and Tobago continues to address border management and maritime security in the context of Trinidad and Tobago’s geographic location.
Thomas said he recognises the need for Trinidad and Tobago and the United States to synchronise their efforts, especially to treat with ISIS. He also indicated that the United States is equally looking forward to Trinidad and Tobago’s support.