Statement delivered by Senator the Honourable Dennis Moses, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on the occasion of the celebration of the National Day of French Republic

19 July 2018

On this day in 1789, humanity witnessed the heralding of a new democratic dawn, pioneered by that impassioned Cri de Coeur demanding the equality of all men. It was a movement that triggered the tides of democracy across the world, and whose ripples continue to transcend the passage of time.

Your Excellency, the ties between both our countries have long preceded diplomatic formalities. Indeed, Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural patrimony has been enriched through cultural contact with French language, architecture and customs. Events such as the Fête de la Musique and Francophonie Week facilitate contact between our peoples in the areas of music, education, economy, human rights, technology and gastronomy and serve to re-enforce our established historical bonds.

As we celebrate fifty-six (56) years of vibrant diplomatic relations between Trinidad and Tobago and France, I am pleased to note our successful and ongoing collaborations in the areas of health, aviation, water management, construction, security, education and sustainable development. The trademarks of French construction expertise form a fundamental part of local infrastructure, and include the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, the Churchill Roosevelt Highway/Uriah Butler Highway Interchange, and the International Waterfront Complex.

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