Nicolás Maduro arrives in Havana to visit Chávez
As he announced on Friday night, from Nueva Esparta state, northeast Venezuela, the Executive Vice-President and Foreign Minister is meeting with Hugo Chávez to ascertain his health condition, convey the greetings and good wishes of thousands of Venezuelans who await his recovery, and hold a working meeting with some cabinet members
Just after 3:00 am on Saturday, Venezuelan official media reported on the arrival in Havana, Cuba, of Executive Vice-President and Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro, who traveled to the island to visit President Hugo Chávez and also to convey the good wishes of Venezuelans who await his recovery.
State-run television channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) informed that Maduro "arrived at José Martí Airport in Havana, accompanied by a delegation of the Bolivarian Government." Multi-state television network Telesur correspondent in Cuba Fabiola López said "Maduro was welcomed by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, among other government officials of the island."
On Friday night, Maduro reported that he was leaving for Havana, Cuba, to visit President Chávez, who is recovering from a surgery some weeks ago.
"I will depart for Havana, Cuba, to visit Commander Chávez along with a team of the Bolivarian government," he advised during the sworn-in ceremony of Carlos Mata Figueroa, the new Nueva Esparta state governor. The event was aired by state-run TV channel Venezolana de Televisión, state-owned news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) quoted.
Maduro said that Minister of Electric Power Héctor Navarro will be the second in command in his absence.
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.