PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, November 15, 2017 (CMC) – Chinese officials have withdrawn the invitation to Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, to attend a ‘high-level meeting’ in China this year.
A statement from the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs says that instead, Rowley has been invited to visit China on a State Visit, next year.
Last week, it was announced that the prime minister would attend the high-level meeting and then proceed, immediately, on a state visit.
However, the statement issued, yesterday, indicates that the Chinese Ambassador has instead shifted the state visit to next year, and this will replace the invitation for the high-level meeting.
The statement noted that on Tuesday, the Chinese Ambassador to the twin-island republic, Ambassador Song Yumin, paid a visit to Stuart Young at the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, and officially discussed the importance to the development of the relations between China and Trinidad and Tobago.
“This invitation replaces the invitation of the High-Level meetings mentioned above, in order to strengthen bilateral activities and relations.”
The release said that the Chinese have now rescheduled the Prime Minister’s visit and are now working with Trinidad and Tobago to plan an Official Visit to China next year.