Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has admitted that Trinidad and Tobago has what can be considered an ISIS cell or satellite.
"The answer to the question is yes," Dr Rowley told the Parliament in response to a question asked by Opposition MP Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie.
He told the House of Representatives that it is common knowledge across world that citizens in Trinidad and Tobago subscribe to doctrines of ISIS, some of whom have returned to this country and some of whom wish to join ISIS.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has declined an invitation by the prime minister to discuss the parliamentary appointment of a police commissioner.
The prime minister's request for the meeting was issued on Tuesday.
Dr Rowley indicated due to matters surrounding the selection process a meeting was needed before it was received by Parliament.
However, in a release issued today, the Opposition Leader indicated the meeting will not be productive at this time.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley is expressing a sense of frustration with the country’s crime problem admitting to telling his wife, Sharon Rowley, that: “it’s a hell of a thing I have a job where I am responsible for things I have absolutely no involvement in or control over.” He also admitted to a sense of frustration over the process for the selection of a Police Commissioner.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and a high-powered ministerial team will sit today for talks with the business community in Tobago.
Stakeholders in Tobago told the T&T Guardian they will be going to the talks armed with folders of documents on just how the island, which is dependent on the tourism product, has suffered in the past year because of problems on the seabridge which contributed to problems on the airbridge.
The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that the chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Board, Terrance Farrell has resigned with immediate effect.
The announcement came via the following statement by the Office of the Prime Minister Wednesday afternoon.
"The Prime Minister Dr. The Honorable Keith Rowley, on January 8th, accepted the resignation of Dr. Terrence W. Farrell as Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Board with immediate effect.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has offered condolences on the passing of former President George Maxwell Richards, saying Trinidad and Tobago has lost a much-loved son of the soil.
Maxwell-Richards passed Monday night from a heart attack.
The following is the prime minister's statement;
"It is with great sadness that I received news this evening of the passing of former President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago Professor George Maxwell Richards TC, CM.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley today received a status report from the Petrotrin board detailing the progress made in the months since its appointment in September, the Office of the Prime Minister said.
The meeting featured discussions on the various options available as work continues towards restructuring the State-owned company.
The Prime Minister's Office said that throughout 2017 Government continued its systematic review of the operations at Petrotrin.