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Trinidad: Maduro offers TT help to control drug trade

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has offered TT help in controlling the drug trade, as well as initiating the possibility for increased non-energy trade between the two neighbours, as he and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley signed off on the Dragon gas deal on Saturday in Caracas.

“Together with TT, we are giving an example to the world in building bilateral brotherhood relations. Latin America and the Caribbean have everything to become a great scientific, energetic and cultural power. A region united and in peace!” Maduro said in a speech following the signing ceremony.

Along with the heads of governments for the two nations, representatives of Shell, the National Gas Company and Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA also signed the agreement.

Reporters were not allowed to attend the ceremony, instead confined to the press room at the Miraflores Palace, the official workplace of the Venezuelan President. Cameramen and photographers were allowed but were not allowed to do more than take photos or videos. Maduro and Rowley both made statements after the signing ceremony. Reporters were given access to these statements via a delayed broadcast in the press room. There was no official English translation of Maduro’s speech.

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