3rd April, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS FM) – President of Trinidad & Tobago, Paula-Mae Weekes, has declined an invitation to attend the 16th Conference of Governors-General and Presidents of the Caribbean Region in St. Kitts and Nevis this month.
A statement from the Office of the President in Trinidad and Tobago indicated that Weekes had been invited to attend the meeting which takes place from April 8th to 12th.
The invitation to the conference was extended by the Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton, just one week after President Weekes was sworn into office as Trinidad &Tobago’s sixth President and the first woman to hold the position.
A statement from the President’s House said that, “In declining the invitation, President Weekes indicated that while she considered it vital to maintain linkages and continue cordial discourse with her counterparts in the Caribbean, she preferred not to attend an event out of Trinidad and Tobago so soon after assuming office.
President Weekes believes that she should use these first few weeks in office to settle into her duties and take care of urgent matters commanding the attention and input of the President.”
President Weekes assured Governor General Seaton that, in keeping with tradition and protocol, she would make every effort to attend the next such conference.