Arreaza began his diplomatic tour Tuesday with the aim to deepen ties of cooperation and friendship with the Caribbean nations, and it comes at a time when the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is touring several right-wing Latin American nations this week to further deepen the chasm between Venezuela and these countries.
Arreaza met with Santa Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet Wednesday.
During the meeting with Chastanet, bilateral ties were solidified with a view to deepen cooperation in the area of security and the fight against crime, including drug trafficking, Venezuela said in an official statement.
“It was a frank meeting, with a view to the future (…) we saw the regional situation, the world situation. We are very grateful to Saint Lucia, to her people and to Prime Minister Chastanet; we are going to continue working together,” Arreaza said after the talk.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves also met with Arreaza and expressed his solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic, terming it as a “challenging period” for the Latin American country.
“As always Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is in strong solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, its people, its government, and we are in a challenging period globally, and in the hemisphere, we have to think strategically, we have to keep in solidarity with one another, to work out our problems,” Gonsalves said in a statement following the meeting.
“We culminated a successful tour of the Eastern Caribbean. We thank the Prime Ministers of Antigua and Barbuda/Santa Lucia/San Vicente and the Grenadines/San Cristóbal and Nieves for their respect, support and renewed willingness to work together. The Caribbean today more united than ever!” wrote Arreaza said in a tweet.
Venezuela is a member state of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), a hub that helps form dialogue and political consensus among the 33 member- countries.
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