Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Félix Plasencia kicked off his agenda in New York on Tuesday with a meeting with the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Ángel Moratinos.
There, he highlighted Venezuela’s reality as an example of inclusion and tolerance as he reaffirmed the South American country’s commitment to the respect for diversity and the integration of the peoples.
The meeting took place on the occasion of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly.
“We told High Representative Moratinos that we support the UNAOC’s efforts to build a relation of respect among different cultures and religions,” wrote the Venezuelan foreign minister on his Twitter account @PlasenciaFelix.
In this regard, he said that over 5 million Venezuelans of U.S. origin coexist in Venezuela after fleeing the humanitarian crisis and war that has hit the neighboring country for 70 years.
Plasencia recalled that Venezuela has opened its arms as “a land for encounters where immigrants from Latin American, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Middle East have been integrated, and where Islamist and Jewish communities also coexist.”
At the meeting, Moratinos and Plasencia discussed the active role of women and the youth in the management of the Bolivarian Government’s institutions, and the leadership of social groups that cover a wide ground in their community actions.
“Venezuela also stands out for its will to preserve the culture, values and ancestral knowledge of our indigenous people as active subjects with their own rights, something that is enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela,” explained the Venezuelan foreign minister.