PM, Young in high-level energy talks in Qatar

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Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley with National Security Minister Stuart Young during a post-Cabinet press briefing at St Ann’s Diplomatic Centre. PHOTO BY SUREASH CHOLAI

Prime Minister and Energy Minister Stuart Young held high-level energy talks on the sidelines of the sixth Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) Heads of State and Government Summit in Doha , in Qatar, on Monday.

Dr Rowley will address the summit on its final day of meetings on Tuesday

That information was contained in separate statements released Monday by the Prime Minister’s Office and Young.

Rowley and Young left Trinidad and Tobago for Qatar on February 18, accompanied by National Gas Company chairman Mark Loquan and Caribbean Airlnes chairman Ronnie Mohammed.

Rowley was invited by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to attend the summit.

The OPM said Rowley met Iranian President Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi on Monday, also in Qatar for the summit.

“Discussions (between Rowley and Raisi) focused on the role of natural gas in the global energy landscape.”

On Tuesday, Rowley will meet with Al Thani and make a national statement at Tuesday’s summit.

In a post on his Facebook page, Young said he held talks with GECF Secretary General Eng Mohamed Hamel.

“We discussed the importance of the GECF and its role in promoting the use of natural gas as the fuel of the future.

“The importance of TT in global leadership decisions related to natural gas has been highlighted and recognized.”

Founded in 2001, the GECF comprises 19 member states and eight observer states. The former include: Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia, TT and Venezuela. TT joined the GECF, whose members control more than 71% of the world’s proven natural gas reserves.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert acts as Prime Minister until Rowley returns.