In a telephone conversation on Sunday with Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza expressed the solidarity of President Nicolás Maduro’s and the Venezuelan people, following the catastrophe the Caribbean country is going through due to the eruption of La Soufrière volcano.
On his Twitter account @jaarreaza, the Venezuelan foreign minister said they talked about the evacuation plans and protection of the Vincentian people. “Our aid is arriving tomorrow,” he said.
Also, he added that Venezuela’s Vice-minister for the Caribbean Raúl Li Causi accompanied Prime minister Gonsalves to the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), where they explained the humanitarian situation and services in detail.
“The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) are on permanent alert and sending necessary support,” stressed Arreaza.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines joined the regional integration bloc in 2009. ALBA-TCP was created in 2004 thanks to the political will of Cuba’s Commander Fidel Castro Ruz and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez.
On Saturday, April 10, the AB “Goajira” T-63 navy ship departed from La Guaira state, Venezuela, carrying 20 tons of humanitarian aid to support the Vincentian people as part of the “Simon Bolívar” Humanitarian Task Force.
This aid sent by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela includes drinking water, non-perishable food, blankets, sheets, mattresses, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, hammocks and personal hygiene kits.