Maduro: Venezuela in solidarity with Palestine forever
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has expressed solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine during a ceremony to sign agreements.
During a Wednesday ceremony in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, where bilateral agreements were signed, Maduro said, “Today and forever you (Palestinians) have the solidarity of the people” of Venezuela. He also expressed hope that the Palestinian people will secure “a great victory” in their struggle to assert their right to “independence, land and their own independent state.”
Maduro and Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki signed a cooperation agreement to establish a joint company dedicated to provide the South American country with agricultural, poultry and pharmaceutical products from Palestine.
Meanwhile, al-Maliki said the agreement “is a representation of how Venezuela offers, gives, supports and wants to contribute to the sustainability, the progress and development of Palestine.”
Mayor of the Caracas municipality of Libertador, Jorge Rodriguez (R), hands the keys of the city to Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki (C), May 20, 2015.
Also on Wednesday, Mayor of the Caracas municipality of Libertador, Jorge Rodriguez, handed the keys of the city to al-Maliki, saying Palestinians are “friends of our people and represent freedom and independence.”
He hailed the “courage with which rose (Palestine) against empires and against attempts to make up one of the oldest cultures ever known to mankind.”
This is while Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning, asserted that her country is “ready at any moment to throw itself into the battle for [Palestinian] independence and sovereignty.”
The PA foreign minister arrived in Caracas on May 18 to strengthen ties with the administration of Maduro, who condemns the Israeli regime for its atrocities against Palestinians.
Formal diplomatic relations between Palestinian officials and Venezuela were established in April 2009 with a diplomatic mission in Caracas.