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Antigua and Barbuda reiterates solidarity with Venezuela

Friday, June 29, 2018

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ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) – The Government of Antigua and Barbuda says it has reiterated solidarity with the Government and people of Venezuela after Prime Minister Gaston Browne held bilateral and diplomatic talks with his South American ally.

In a statement Wednesday, the Government said that the meeting was held “as a part of Venezuela's Foreign Ministry tour of countries across the region”.

Venezuela Foreign Minister Chancellor Jorge Arreaza, along with his diplomatic team, including Resident Ambassador Carlos Perez, met with Browne, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chet Greene, and other officials in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Browne used the opportunity to highlight ways in which Antigua and Barbuda and Venezuela could strengthen and deepen their cooperation and diplomatic ties, along with possible projects for collaborative implementation, according to the Antigua and Barbuda Government statement.

“The Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda stand in solidarity with the government and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. We ask you to continue to defend your democracy, and to continue to support the advancement of the people of Venezuela,” Browne said.

In response, Chancellor Arreaza said, “The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne is a brother of Venezuela and a friend to the people who seek their freedom on the continent and in the world.

“We have been reviewing the bilateral relationship, of course with a view to the future – new cooperation projects and new plans,” he added. “We are looking for new ideas for Petrocaribe [oil agreement].”

Although the main focus of the meeting was to find ways of strengthening the relationship between the two countries, “Chancellor Arreaza probed the common OECS [Organsation of Eastern Caribbean States] position relating to their foreign policy, especially Venezuela,” the statement said.

At the recently held 65th meeting of OECS Authority, the communiqué noted that “The Authority viewed with alarm the damage that was being caused to the economies of member states as a result of the sanctions imposed on Venezuela”.

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