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Former Trinidad and Tobago prime minister Patrick Manning suffered a mild stroke on Monday (Internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – An emotional Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves wept in Trinidad yesterday after visiting in hospital former prime minister Patrick Manning, who suffered a mild stroke on Monday.

“These are tears of joy for seeing him and see how he is recovering. It’s a remarkable recovery for somebody who has had a stroke, but, of course, there is still a journey to travel. We must give him his time to rest and heal. He is obviously getting excellent treatment,” Gonsalves said after a two-hour visit with Manning.

Gonsalves did not say what he and Manning spoke about during the visit but said his long-time friend was happy to see him.

“His eyes lit up. He smiled. I wouldn’t tell you about what he spoke about. The bond is there. There was a lot of joy. He will get better,” Gonsalves told reporters in San Fernando, Trinidad.

“I should tell you I love Patrick. You know I love him. He has been my friend since university. We played pan together. We did a lot of things together. We worked well when he was in government. I have remained his friend through all the ups and downs of politics. He is my brother. I didn’t spend a long time with him. I just wanted for him to see my eyes and for him to see my eyes, and the love we have for each other,” Gonsalves added.

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He further said that during the visit he prayed with Manning and gave him an autobiography, which contains some pictures of both of them, and a diary that Gonsalves wrote about a ten-day visit at Mount St Benedict in 2005.

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