Minister Hinds meets with Admiral Graig S. Faller, Commander of US SOUTHCOM

Port of Spain: On Tuesday August 10, 2021, the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds M.P. received a courtesy call from the Commander of the United States Southern Command (US SOUTHCOM), Admiral Craig S. Faller. The meeting took place at the Ministry of National Security, Tower C, Waterfront Complex, Port of Spain.

Minister Hinds also welcomed Mr. Shante Moore, Charge d’Affaires, US Embassy, Port of Spain; Mr. Francisco Palmieri, Civilian Deputy to the Commander and Foreign Policy Advisor, US SOUTHCOM; Colonel Claudia Carrizales, Chief Military Liaison Officer, US Embassy, Port of Spain; Ms. Megan Kelly, Deputy Head of Mission (Ag.); and Command Sergeant Major Benjamin Jones, Command Senior Enlisted Leader, US SOUTHCOM.

At the meeting, Minister Hinds and Admiral Faller took the opportunity to discuss areas of mutual interest with respect to security cooperation, capacity building in civil-defence partnership and the professionalisation of the Defence Force, in particular the Women, Peace and Security Initiative.

Both Minister Hinds and Admiral Faller emphasised the importance for the continued strengthening of the longstanding relationship between Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America.

Also in attendance were Permanent Secretaries, Ministry of National Security, Mr. Gary Joseph and Ms. Nataki Atiba-Dilchan; Chief of Defence Staff, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), Air Vice Marshal Darryl Daniel; and Deputy Director, International Affairs Unit, Major (Ret’d) Richard Lynch.

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