Minister of National Security, Stuart Young says that the Paria Fuel Trading Company has a clause in its contract preventing its buyers to resell its fuel to countries sanctioned by the United States.
As the latest chapter in the ongoing back and forth between Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar, Young promised that Trinidad and Tobago’s bases are thoroughly covered.
“That condition and clause by Paria in the sale of fuel to Aruba or for transmission to Aruba said that that fuel is not for any sanctioned country. It is not for Iran, it is not for South Korea, it’s not for Venezuela so that is how Paria protected Trinidad and Tobago in the sale of fuel,” he said.
Young says the clause was specifically inserted for this transaction. As a result, he says the questions on the meeting between himself, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Foreign Affairs Minister, Dennis Moses and the Venezuelan authorities should cease.
“That debunks this whole conversation that Paria or the government of Trinidad and Tobago negotiated or entered into the sale of fuel,” he said.
Young assured that the relationship between Trinidad and Tobago remains as solid as ever.
“I had a personal conversation with Ambassador Mondello, last week, at his request. We continue to have that very clear, transparent, candor conversation and communication with our allies in the United States and this government intends to keep that going,” he added.