Venezuelan Foreign Minister Set to Travel to Greece, Maduro Vows Support for Syriza

The Venezuelan government has announced that its Foreign Relations Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, will soon travel to Greece to meet with the recently elected leftist Syriza government and agree to a series of bilateral cooperation agreements between the two countries. 

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Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, will meet with representatives of the Syriza government in Athens (AVN)
Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, will meet with representatives of the Syriza government in Athens (AVN)

Caracas, February 9th 2015 (venezuelanalysis.com) The Venezuelan government has announced that its Foreign Relations Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, will soon travel to Greece to meet with the recently elected leftist Syriza government and agree to a series of bilateral cooperation agreements between the two countries. 

According to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, he and Greece’s new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, spoke at length via telephone regarding the diplomatic visit. Forty year old leftwing militant Tsipras was elected as the country’s prime minister on January 26th with 36.3% of the vote after campaigning to reverse the neoliberal austerity packages imposed on Greece by the European Union. 

“He said some beautiful things about Comandante Hugo Chavez. We agreed that our Chancellor, Delcy Rodriguez, would go to Greece. We are going to work on a set of bilateral cooperation agreements using the experience that we have accumulated,” stated Maduro. 

Although the president did not give concrete details of the visit, he stated that a slew of significant agreements would be signed in several different areas. 

“Greece is a great country, it has everything it needs to develop. We are going to prepare a joint set of agreements in industrial relations, technology, naval development, energy and commercial relations, in order to unite Latin America to Alex’s Tsipras’ great effort to rescue Greece and demonstrate that another world is possible,” explained Maduro.  

A visit to Latin America also looks set to be on the cards for Greece’s new leftwing prime minister, with Maduro confirming that he had invited Tsipras to Venezuela in order to strengthen ties between the two countries.

“I’ve invited comrade Alexis to come and visit us as soon as he can, here in Venezuela, he has had the idea to come to Latin America”.

A tour of the Latin American continent would seem like a natural option for the leader of the Syriza coalition, who has often spoken of his admiration for Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution and other progressive governments in the region.

“It has fallen upon him to be a pioneer, of a new path, a new way forward in Europe. A new world is possible, that’s what needs to be said in Europe… As we said in Latin America 16 years ago,” commented Maduro. 

“He has a momentous task ahead of him,” he added.