Venezuela Meeting

A four-member delegation from St. Vincent and the Grenadines attended the 6th Extraordinary Meeting of the Political Council of ALBA-TCP, held in Caracas, Venezuela yesterday.

The meeting was addressed by Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, who welcomed the call by the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) for dialogue between opposition forces and the government of Venezuela.

President Maduro thanked CARICOM for its recommendations, while noting that Venezuela will welcome at anytime a CARICOM delegation to start the process of dialogue in order to revitalize and present initiatives that promote peace.

Addressing the political issues in Venezuela, the Political Council reiterated its support for a non-intervention approach in resolving political tension, while the St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ delegation re-affirmed CARICOM’s call for dialogue between the government and the opposition in the South American country.

Following the meeting of the ALBA Political Council the Vincentian delegation held discussions with the Chairman of the ALBA Bank Ramon Gordils on matters relating to trade and agriculture.

The four-member Vincentian delegation comprised Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar, Government Senator and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Carlos James, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to Venezuela, Andreas Wickham and a member of the private sector, Norman Pemberton.