Caracas, 16 Jul. AVN .- Peru’s president-elect Ollanta Humala was welcomed last Friday in Caracas by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whom he met for the first time since his election.
Humala arrived at the Miraflores Presidential Palace accompanied by his wife, Nadine Heredia, after having met with Peruvian entrepreneurs in Venezuela and visited the birthplace of Liberator Simon Bolivar.
“Venezuela shares the happiness of his electoral victory in Peru,” said President Chavez.
Chavez said he appreciated Humala’s visit, at a time when he was “facing a new battle”, referring to his treatment following the removal of a cancerous tumour. “This visit will strengthen me even more,” he said, after regretting that he was not able to welcome Humala weeks ago and their bilateral meeting had to be delayed until July 15.
Nevertheless, Chavez reaffirmed his desire to work with Peru to “continue strengthening peace and democracy” in the region.
“I want to continue strengthening our friendship ... Long live the Homeland of Peru. Welcome, brother President.”
Humala said he saw Chavez “as a friend, as a brother” and he expressed his solidarity with his counterpart on behalf of the Peruvian people.
“Dear President, I come here with a lot of respect for you. You can count on our prayer and our strength,” concluded the Peruvian President before entering the Palace.
Edited by Venezuelanalysis.com