Authorities of Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago hold technical meeting on migration issues by videoconference

As part of the commitments made at the High Level Meeting on cross-border security held on September 4 between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, immigration authorities from both countries held a videoconference on Thursday to Address the issues inherent to the common migratory flow, as well as the respective repatriation protocols that they now plan to execute within the framework of border closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Venezuelan part was chaired by Gustavo Vizcaíno, the Director General of the Administrative Service for Identification, Migration and Foreigners (SAIME), while the Trinidad and Tobago Chief of Immigration, Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews, headed the Trinidadian representation.

Both authorities agreed to meet monthly to exchange timely information that allows a comprehensive approach to this matter, in order to guarantee respect for the fundamental human rights of the nationals of both nations, especially the safeguarding and protection of children and adolescents, as well as those who are victims of human trafficking networks.

The meeting allowed to consolidate the solidarity commitment and the cooperative relationship that Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago maintain, in order to advance in the construction of effective methods that guarantee the well-being of their compatriots, as part of an organized and safe migration policy.

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