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CARICOM's split position on Venezuela regrettable, says Antigua-Barbuda

The Antigua and Barbuda government has said it is regrettable that the firm united position adopted by CARICOM leaders on the situation in Venezuela appears to be breaking apart.
 
The comment comes in the wake of Friday's meeting with the US President in Florida.
 
Speaking to reporters at the end of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Thursday, Information Minister Melford Nicholas reiterated St. John's position of non-interference in Caracas and support for the CARICOM position on the matter.
 
Trinidad & Tobago snubbed? 
 
With US President Donald Trump meeting Friday with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and four other regional leaders on the situation in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, on Thursday brushed aside suggestions that his country had been snubbed as it was not invited.
 
Dr. Rowley said those attending the meeting at Mr. Trump's private residence in Miami were the ones who have agreed to be a part of the Lima Group whose objective is for a regime change in Venezuela.
 
In addition to Mr. Holness, the leaders of St. Lucia, the Bahamas, Haiti and the Dominican Republic will also meet with Mr. Trump.
 
In January, the countries supported a resolution at the Organization of American States in not recognizing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's second five-year term.


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