The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, arrived in Cuba to participate this Friday in the 16th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our Americas – Treaty of Commerce of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP).
Upon his arrival, the Venezuelan leader recalled the first meeting between the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, and then president of Cuba, Fidel Castro.
The Venezuelan president was received by the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, according to the Cuban media Granma.
“We come to a Summit where we are going to share the criteria, in the midst of complex and difficult circumstances, especially with the arrival of extremist governments in South America, in Brazil, where ALBA has to grow”, said the Venezuelan leader.
The central theme of the 16th ALBA-TCP Summit will revolve around the commitment to Latin American and Caribbean unity, as well as the need to strengthen it in diversity.
The Ministers and Heads of delegations of the member countries of the organization, will make a balance on the objectives reached in 2018 and will analyze the work actions in their different areas for 2019.
The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas was founded on November 14, 2004 by Latin American leaders Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez. It is made up of Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Granada.
The integrationist body advocates political, social and economic collaboration in order to materialize the structural transformations necessary to consolidate integral development, as well as to defend the independence, self-determination and identity of the peoples.