THE Prime Minister on Sunday shared a letter he received from Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, thanking him for Trinidad and Tobago's support to Barbados during the recent eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in St Vincent and the Grenadines
The signed April 19 letter from Mottley which began "Dear Keith", was posted on Dr Rowley's Facebook page. In the letter, Mottley said she was writing Rowley about ash from the volcano covering much of Barbados. She said it was contributing to potential health and environmental hazards on the island.
"This letter serves to convey the heartfelt appreciation to the Government and the people of the Republic of TT for your act of kindness and cooperation when you readily responded to our plight at a moment's notice, arranging for brooms, goggles and protective coveralls to be sourced throughout Trinidad."
Mottley said this shows how inextricably TT and Barbados are linked as Caricom member states.
"For it was our proximity to St Vincent which sent us the ash and, by the same token, our proximity to TT which enabled us to receive these much-needed supplies transported by both your Air Guard plane and the regional security system's air wing.
Rowley is the current Caricom chairman and also holds the national security portfolio in Caricom's quasi-cabinet.
He tested positive for covid19 on April 6 and has been in quarantine at the Prime Minister's official residence at Blenheim, Tobago since then.
In acknowledging this, Mottley said, "It is indeed heartwarming to me that even though you are currently in isolation, following your recent covid19 positive test, you were thoughtful enough to reach out and offer this assistance."
She wished Rowley a speedy recover and reaffirmed her commitment "to the tenets of regional cooperation." Rowley thanked Mottley in February for the gift of 2,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine which Barbados donated to TT out of a supply of 100,000 doses which Barbados received from the Government of India.