Venezuela and Ethiopia celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia celebrate this Monday the 70th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations, which in the last two decades have been strengthened thanks to the impulse of the Bolivarian Government led by Presidents Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.

On July 20, 1950, by the exchange of notes through the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, the beginning of diplomatic relations between Venezuela and the first country of Mother Africa, Ethiopia, was formalized.

Between 1960 and 1998, the approaches from multilateral international scenarios like the United Nations and other organizations, such as the Group of 77 (G77) or the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM), were consolidated.

Venezuela’s foreign policy had a significant boost since 1999 thanks to the triumph of the Bolivarian Revolution, led by Commander Hugo Chávez, which began a period of strengthening the position in favor of a multicenter and pluripolar world with the purpose of reversing the traditional concentration of power in international organizations and stimulating concerted action by developing countries.

In 2006, the Bolivarian Government established a Permanent Diplomatic Mission in Addis Ababa, capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the country that currently houses the headquarters of the African Union.

The Venezuelan vision of Africa was promoted in a special way at the historic II Africa-South America Summit (ASA), held in September 2009 on Margarita Island (Venezuela), which served, among other things, to reach important agreements between both continents.

The Bolivarian Government reaffirms on the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations, its firm will to keep strengthening at the highest level the formal mechanisms of political dialogue and bilateral cooperation, promoting concerted actions to promote economic, political and cultural cooperation, thus contribute to the construction of a multicenter and pluripolar world.

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