Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines showed his gratitude on the arrival of MV Galleons Passage, which came from Trinidad laden with much-needed groceries on a volcano-stricken island.
Gonsalves was given by Lt Col Josette McLean of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force as the ferry arrived at about 5 pm (St Vincent time). Speaking with journalists who brought military personnel on board the ferry, Gonsalves had clear communication with the TT people and government.
“We have all kinds of tests, but I want to say, I want to thank the government and forms of Trinidad and Tobago for this much-required assistance. I would like to extend my thankfulness from the depths of my heart from all the people of St Vincent.”
Gonsalves, noting his familial ties to TT, said that its charity was born out of an excess of love.
“In my case, my mother was born in Trinidad. My wife is also from Trinidad. So I am entitled to Trinidadian citizenship,” he joked. “Trinidad and Tobago is the land of my mother as well of my wife.”
He said he was highly grateful for water, which came in the form of three full water trucks, as the limited supply, which he said was normally good, had dipped to around ten per cent capacity, owing to the volcanic ash which had contaminated supply.
He said the TT soldiers will work beside their local counterparts to enhance shelters’ safety, help in repair and ensure criminals do not use the natural disaster to commit crime.
Gonsalves said that he has been in constant contact with his TT counterpart Dr Keith Rowley, whom he considers as an outstanding chair of Caricom. “I want to send a message to my buddy Keith, I want to tell him thanks.”