António Guterres

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Ships transporting fuel to Venezuela could be heading to Trinidad and Tobago.

This according to a report on published May 17 which stated Iran is warning the US against trying to intercept its fuel shipments to Venezuela, as Tehran tries to help state-owned PDVSA repair its crippled refining system.

“A clutch of fuel tankers that loaded in Iran are steaming out of the Mediterranean and appear to be headed toward Venezuela or nearby Trinidad and Tobago, shipping data indicate,” stated the report.

It added that Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warning Washington against any attempt to disrupt its shipments to Venezuela, noting that Tehran will take “appropriate and necessary measures to counter any threats”, according to a notice posted on Iran’s state-owned tanker company NITC’s official Telegram account.

The report noted Iran and Venezuela are targets of extensive US sanctions, including measures designed to thwart oil sales and equipment imports.

“The US administration and Venezuela’s US-backed political opposition assert Iran’s co-operation with Venezuela is part of a malign alliance that is helping Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro to hold onto power,” it stated.

It added that among the tankers listed as heading to Venezuela is the Fortune, which is believed to be part of US-sanctioned NITC’s fleet, according to shipping data seen by Argus.

“The vessel is supposed to arrive around 25 May in Trinidad, where at least one other tanker from another origin recently transshipped Venezuela-bound cargo, sparking a political controversy in Port of Spain,” it stated.

“Trinidad is among a number of Caribbean countries that have not endorsed the US-led campaign to drive Maduro out of power in favour of opposition leader Juan Guaido,” it added.


Trinidad and Tobago has been spared the most “vulgar” displays of systemic racism. But we are not immune.

This is the view of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.

Asked about the developments taking place in the US, which have led to anti-racism demonstrations all over the world as countries grapple with insidious and systemic racism and which in Trinidad and Tobago has played out in strong reaction to racist and insensitive statements by some nationals, the Prime Minister said: “The fear that we have today is that there seems to be a new normal that is developing where the higher values that we thought we were ascribing to and the gains that we were making could be so easily lost.

AS Trinidad and Tobago’s Covid-19 situation stays under control, more restrictions are being lifted, allowing more categories of workers to get back to their jobs.

An estimated 600 to 1,000 nationals are expected to return to the country this week.

National Security Minister Stuart Young made this announcement yesterday while speaking at a news conference at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s.

THREE double murders in less than 24 hours have taken the country’s murder toll for the year so far on the verge of the 200 mark.

The latest killings took place yesterday afternoon in Almond Drive, Morvant, where three people were shot.