President Nicolás Maduro welcomes in Miraflores OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo

The Constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, held on Wednesday night a meeting at Miraflores Palace in Caracas with OPEC’s Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo, as part of his visit to the country for the 61st anniversary of the organization:

«I welcome the Secretary General of OPEC who arrived in Venezuela yesterday, to see the prospects of the oil market for the coming years and align the strategy based on the strengthening of OPEC Plus”, reported the Head of State on Wednesday, moments before the meeting, from a work journey with the National Scientific Presidential Council.

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In this context, the Head of State recalled that OPEC + is the conjugation of the oil producing countries, the most important in the world, an initiative of Venezuela and Russia in order to defend the world oil market.

The National President commented that this historic and unprecedented alliance in OPEC, where Venezuela is a founding member, is part of the application of science in diplomacy.

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Barkindo arrived in the country within the framework of the 61st anniversary of the creation of the energy bloc that takes place in Caracas, developing an intense work agenda with meetings with national authorities, such as the Minister of People’s Power for Oil, Tareck El Aisammi, and Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez.

In these meetings, Barkindo acknowledged the preponderant role of Venezuela throughout the 61 years of OPEC: “On behalf of the entire OPEC family, I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Government and people of Venezuela, who have done so much to turn OPEC into the distinguished organization it is today”.

«These complex and adverse situations have not prevented OPEC, 61 years later, from being more consolidated, in accordance with its founding principles of equality, equity and defense of the sovereignty and self-determination of the member countries over their natural resources”, he emphasized.

Regarding the outlook for the world oil market, he pointed out that the world outlook reflects that until 2045 there will be a growth in the consumption of gas and oil: «We can say the best days for OPEC and Venezuela are ahead of us”, concluded Barkindo.