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Rio Treaty was Raised with Government of Trinidad and Tobago
May 19, 2020

Joseph N. Mondello
Joseph N. Mondello

Statement By Ambassador Joseph N. Mondello

Port of Spain, May 19, 2020: Normally I do not comment on private conversations with host government officials.  Since the government has spoken publicly about my May 6 conversation with Minister Young, though, I wish to affirm that I expressed concern to the Minister in that conversation about the consistency of Delcy Rodriguez’s visit to Port of Spain with Trinidad and Tobago’s obligations as a party to the Rio Treaty.  Article 20 of the Rio Treaty makes it unambiguously clear that all measures imposed by the Organ of Consultation — like the travel restrictions on Ms. Rodriguez — are binding on all treaty parties, whether or not they voted in favor of such measures.

U.S. Ambassador Joseph N. Mondello.