Senator Bunting says he categorically denies all accusations regarding his role as Minister of National Security in the revocation of Minister Daryl Vaz’s visa by the United States.

In a statement late last night Mr. Bunting says the issue of the revocation of visas falls solely within the purview of the United States government.

He says the revocation of Mr Vaz’s visa continues to engage serious issues, as it relates to integrity in public life, and apparently touching on matters related to or even involving narcotics trafficking.

The former National Security Minister says this matter cannot and should not be resolved in the realm of gossip and speculation.

He says during his tenure as Minister of National Security all of his meetings with representatives of the US Embassy in Jamaica or the State Department were official engagements, and concerned solely with issues of national security and the safety of the Jamaican public.

Senator Bunting states categorically that none of these meetings were used to pursue any other matters.

He says he’s chosen not to engage publicly on this issue, as to do otherwise could risk the trust and confidentiality which is the bedrock of the relationship between representatives of governments.

Mr. Bunting is encouraging Prime Minister Holness and Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, to use their respective offices to engage directly with the US State Department on the issue of the visa revocation, so that there can be final resolution of the matters raised in the public domain.