Rio Treaty was Raised with Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Ambassador 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.