Former Head of the Public Service, Reginald Dumas and Martin Daly Senior Counsel say they are deeply concerned that the current controversies bearing upon relations between this country and the United States can damage the country.
In a media release, Mr Dumas and Mr Daly noted the comments of some who say this nation is a sovereign country and can take its own decisions.
However, both Mr Dumas and Mr Daly said the United States is also in a similar position.
The release said the US has been applying sanctions to Venezuela, and has made it clear that it will also apply sanctions to those countries, all equally sovereign, which violate its Venezuela sanctions.
It said given the political climate in Washington, that is a policy position which cannot be ignored.
The release questioned is Trinidad and Tobago prepared to face sanctions, especially at this time of economic difficulty?
Can we, in turn, impose sanctions on the USA, as, for example, China can?
However, it said if relations between Trinidad and Tobago and the USA are as positive and strong as government spokespersons say they are, should there not be quiet discussions between the two parties?
It said we strongly recommend that such discussions be initiated with a view to reaching mutually satisfactory solutions, which respect our sovereignty and our foreign policy positions.
It said the relevance and application of the Rio Treaty to Trinidad and Tobago, about which a number of experts have reservations, should figure prominently in such discussions.
It said in order to facilitate the proposed discussions, we further recommend an immediate cessation of what it describes as the megaphone diplomacy that seems now to be in vogue.