ALBA celebrates 8th Anniversary
Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolás Maduro presided over the key ceremony
Executive Vice-President Nicolás Maduro presided over the principal ceremony, as part of the commemoration of the eight anniversary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America – Peoples' Trade Agreement (ALBA-PTA), held on Saturday evening at Bolívar Square, downtown Caracas.
Bolivian President Evo Morales; Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer; Primer Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit; Vice-President of the Cuban Ministerial Council, Miguel Díaz Canel; Nicaragua's Government Minister Ana Morales, and ex Honduran President Manuel Zelaya showed up for the occasion.
The audience included members of the Venezuelan Executive Cabinet, local authorities and representatives of the public branches. Historian and University Professor Vladimir Acosta started the presentations, state-run news agency AVN reported.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.