All is well between Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana following a meeting between the two Ministers of Foreign Affairs yesterday.
The local Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Amery Browne yesterday met virtually with his Guyanese counterpart, Hugh H. Todd and the two discussed the political discord between the two nations.
According to a media release from Browne, coming out of the meeting the two Ministers "reaffirmed the commitment of their Governments to strengthening the bonds of friendship".
The two also discussed deepening and expanding cooperation between their two countries.
"The Ministers undertook to bolster efforts at enhancing cooperation between their countries in the areas of trade, investment and energy through mechanisms such as the Framework Agreement on the Deepening of Bilateral Cooperation and the Memorandum of Understanding on Energy Sector Cooperation, respectively," the media release said.
They also set a six-month timeline to pursue the implementation of the mechanisms of the High-Level Bilateral Commission, Executing Committee and Joint Working Group.
"The Ministers agreed to continue collaboration in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on Advancing the CARICOM Agri-Food Systems Agenda: Prioritising Regional Food and Nutrition Security since Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana sit on the Special Ministerial Task Force (MTF) on Food Production and Food Security.
"Todd also took the opportunity to convey Guyana’s gratitude for Trinidad and Tobago’s continued support for the preservation and maintenance of Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity," the release said.
The two are expected to meet again, but no time has been given.
The meeting between the two Ministers was especially important after a frisson of discord appeared between the two nations over the success of each country's vaccine rollout.
During one of the COVID-19 updates, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said that only Guyana received more vaccines than T&T and pointed out that that country was using vaccines that did not have the World Health Organisation (WHO) approval, while T&T was.
Soon after Dr Leslie Ramsammy, advisor to the Guyanese Health Ministry slammed the PM for insulting the people of Guyana.
Browne defended Rowley at the time saying that the PM did nothing wrong.
Days later the Guyanese Attorney General Anil Nandlall seemed to reignite the issue during his talk show that dealt with the weeks' events. Nandlall did say that it was never his intention to re-energise the stale issue.