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CAREFULLY CONSIDERED REPORT : Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley

The British Broadcasting Corporation is standing by its report that there are 40,000 Venezuelans in Trinidad and Tobago. Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Monday objected to a BBC report which gave the controversial figure.

The programme, titled The Displaced: When 40,000 desperate Venezuelans hit a tiny island, was broadcast on Monday. Rowley said his Government will write to the British government to set the record straight, as he disclosed that at his recent trip to Washington, American politicians commended this country for its position in treating with economic migrants from Venezuela.

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