Port of Spain
07 November 2017
Press Conference at Tower C, International Waterfront Complex
I’d like to thank our hosts for their gracious hospitality and the opportunity to meet over the past couple of days to discuss security issues of mutual concern to our nations and the region. Our bilateral and regional cooperation is crucial to confronting these shared threats.
The United States respects and values the significant contribution Trinidad and Tobago makes to stability in the Caribbean and the hemisphere. We appreciate the opportunity to share perspectives and ideas on effective ways to collaborate against threats of mutual concern and we salute Trinidad and Tobago’s willingness to address the tough issues including the challenge of radical extremism.
Our dialogue and partnership allow us to more effectively address the transregional networks that enable criminal and extremist activities. Our partnership also enhances our ability to support humanitarian assistance operations to save lives and ease suffering in the aftermath of disasters.
U.S. Southern Command is committed to working with Trinidad and Tobago and all of our Caribbean partners, to contribute to lasting peace in the Americas and protect our shared interests – foremost among them the safety and security of our citizens.
I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to visit your country, (this is the third visit) and hear the perspectives of your leaders on the challenges and opportunities we face together. We’ve shared ideas on how we can further deepen the partnership between our security forces, our Governments, and our nations as we work tougher to pursue the goal of a safe, secure, and peaceful region.