Merida, 19th December 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has visited Cuba's Fidel Castro to commemorate the founding of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).
“I travelled to Cuba and visited Fidel for the 19 years since the historic meeting of him and [former Venezuelan President Hugo] Chavez and for the nine years of the ALBA alliance,” Maduro tweeted over the weekend.
Maduro stated the two “talked at length about Chavez”, and reminisced on the first meeting between his predecessor and Castro in 1994.
Photographs of the pair talking have been published on Cuba Debate. In the photos, Castro can be seen holding a copy of a map used by 19th Century Latin American independence figure Antonio José de Sucre during the Battle of Ayacucho, given to him by Maduro.
The head of Venezuela's largest opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable's (MUD) Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, criticised the meeting.
"If in 2014 we imitate Cuba, we'll fare badly. That is the path to failure,” he stated.
Maduro last visited Cuba in April, when he inked 51 bilateral agreements related to energy management and social programs.
Venezuela is the island nation's largest trade partner.