Sanctions imposed on Trinidad and Tobago will affect businesses such as KFC, says Jamaat-al-Muslimeen leader Yasin Abu Bakr.

Bakr issued a news release yesterday praising the Keith Rowley Government for its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and defending the visit to Trinidad of Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez and her delegation on March 27.

Bakr, leader of the 1990 attempted coup, stated that he felt compelled to respond to the “damning comments” from the Opposition.

He first congratulated Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his Government for the “indisputable manner” in which they handled the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bakr said he took “umbrage” with the Express editorial calling for the removal of National Security Minister Stuart Young.

With respect to the visit by Rodriguez, Bakr noted that Venezuela has been T&T’s closest neighbour for hundreds of years without conflict.

Referring to a call for sanctions against T&T in the wake of Rodriguez’s visit, he said this will affect businesses such as KFC, as well as PriceSmart, Subway, Pizza Hut, and TGI Friday’s.

“These petty-minded persons who want us to get ‘vex’ with our closest neighbour because some other countries are ‘vex’ with them are childish, immature and irresponsible,” Bakr stated.

He also called on all religious organisations, especially those which received State disbursements, to stand for truth.