Thursday, as part of the 200 years of the military expedition of Los Cayos, the Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Aristóbulo Istúriz Almeida, was welcomed at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport by the new chancellor, Pierrot Délienne. Luis Diaz Curbelo, Ambassador of Venezuela in Haiti and the Minister of Defense, General-in-Chief Vladimir Padrino López accompanied the Vice President.
Thereafter, President a.i. Jocelerme Privert met Aristobulo Isturiz at the diplomatic lounge of the airport. Then the two men, accompanied by several political and diplomatic personalities, visited the airport, freshly renovated (funded at $ 6.5 million by PetroCaribe) and then went to the place Hugo Chavez funded to the tune of $3.5 million, where the statue of Hugo Chavez was unveiled by the Venezuelan Executive Vice President.
In his speech, Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, described Chavez as a great friend of Haiti and of the entire region. He said that thanks to him, “today we have PetroCaribe, a program for poor countries and in necessity as ours. The leadership of President Chavez was very important for Haiti … on behalf of the country and all the people we want to thank his successor Nicolas Maduro, for continuing to help us … Haiti and Venezuela are brother country and we will continue to strengthen our relations.”
He concluded, “Today, we must continue the dream of Simon Bolivar and Alexandre Pétion to remain united and stronger than ever. Today, we make history and we will continue to make history.”
The Venezuelan Vice President thanked the people of Haiti for the courage expressed for its support for the independence of the continent.
“Haiti and Venezuela have historical union. Haiti is the symbol of freedom that helped free all America and admiration of Venezuelan for that Nation is something great, because it is here that the Venezuelan flag was born. It was in Haiti that Simon Bolivar’s dream to release America were born. Today, Venezuela is here to help Haiti, we have an unpayable debt with Haiti and with Pétion. Today we are here to support the commitment of Hugo Chavez, through our President Nicolas Maduro.”
A bilateral meeting to discuss international agreements on comprehensive cooperation is also on the agenda of the official visit.