Venezuelan government and people say goodbye to illustrious ambassador Alí Rodríguez Araque
The Government and the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela met on Thursday in Caracas to give their last goodbye to the Venezuelan ambassador to the Republic of Cuba, Ali Rodriguez Araque, who died last Monday in Havana at 81 years of age.
A burning chapel in memory of the illustrious and memorable diplomat was installed in the Yellow House Antonio José de Sucre, headquarters of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, after the arrival of his mortal remains to the country on Wednesday.
From the place, where his remains later departed to his final resting place, the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, together with the Vice-ministers for Latin America, Alexander Yánez; North America, Carlos Ron; Africa, Yuri Pimentel; Asia Middle East and Oceania, Rubén Darío Molina; Europe, Yván Gil; and Economic Cooperation, Ramón Gordils, made an honor guard before the coffin of the deceased ambassador.
On Wednesday night, the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, the President of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, and the Attorney General of the Republic, Tarek William Saab, among other State authorities, paid tribute to the “Comandante Fausto”, a pseudonym he adopted for the decade of the 60s and 70s in his time as a guerrilla.
“Alí Rodríguez Araque became an example of a revolutionary militant, an example of a man of good, of commitment, of courage from an early age”, said the Venezuelan dignitary during the funeral ceremony.
Born in the state of Merida on September 9, 1937, Rodríguez Araque was a noted lawyer, political leader and Venezuelan diplomat, graduated from the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) in 1961.
During the government of President Hugo Chávez and recently President Nicolás Maduro, he held various positions in the Government of Venezuela.
He was Minister of Energy and Mines, President of PDVSA, Minister of Economy and Finance and Foreign Minister of the Republic. He also served as general secretary of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (2001-2002) and as general secretary of the Union of South American Nations (2012-2014).
In September 2014, he was appointed by President Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s ambassador to Cuba.
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