Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, has expressed sorrow on the passing of the former Trinidadian Prime Minister Patrick Manning, which he said came as a shock.
Mr. Manning died early last Saturday morning, after being diagnosed with cancer of the blood. He was 69.
Reflecting on his visit to Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Gonsalves told NBC News that he had expected Mr. Manning to survive the ordeal.
Dr. Gonsalves said that Mr. Manning was a leader who had an excellent spirit, noting that he made an immense contribution to the development of the region, during his tenure as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mr. Manning served as Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on two occasions: from 1991-95 and from 2001-10.