Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves arrives in Venezuela for 19th ALBA-TCP Summit - MPPRE

Vincentian Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves arrives in Venezuela for 19th ALBA-TCP Summit

In the context of the 19th ALBA-TCP Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, arrived on Thursday in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The Vincentian head of State was welcomed at the Simón Bolívar International Airport by Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Foreign Vice-minister for the Caribbean Raúl Li Causi, and ALBA-TCP Executive Secretary Sacha Llorenti.

The representative of the Caribbean nation is attending the high-level summit of the regional bloc, to be held under the theme “Alliance for Life and Independence.”

The 19th ALBA-TCP Summit was convened to strengthen integration in the face of the challenges of the post-pandemic, and it will be held on the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Battle of Carabobo.

Cooperation and solidarity between Venezuela and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

The ALBA-TCP’s mission is to strengthen fraternal relations among the Latin American and Caribbean people on the basis of solidarity, complementarity, justice and cooperation.

In this context, on April 10, Venezuela’s navy ship Armada AB Goajira T-63 set sail with 20 tons of humanitarian aid to support the Vincentian people as part of the “Simón Bolívar” Humanitarian Task Force following the eruption of La Soufriére volcano.

The shipment sent by Venezuela included drinking water, non-perishable food, blankets, sheets, mattresses, mosquito nets, hammocks and personal hygiene kits.

The Venezuelan and Vincentian governments coordinated this solidarity-based action to face the hardships caused by nature as soon as the Caribbean nation decreed the state of alert.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines joined ALBA-TCP on June 24, 2009.