VP Maduro lands in Havana to meet with President Chávez
He travelled along with Minister of Petroleum and Mining Rafael Ramírez
Adriana Sívori, on her Twitter account @SivoriteleSUR, briefed on the arrival. For its part, state-run news agency Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) noted that Maduro was joined by Minister of Petroleum and Mining and President of state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa) Rafael Ramírez.
"Vice-President Maduro was welcome by the Foreign Ministers of Venezuela and Cuba, Elías Jaua and Bruno Rodríguez, respectively, and by Venezuelan Solicitor General Cilia Flores," the news agency spelled out.
"We are taking a set of items for consultation and decision making. Together with Foreign Minister Elías Jaua, we will represent our homeland at the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Celac, in Santiago, Chile," Maduro said shortly before leaving for his meeting with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, in recovery from a cancer surgery underwent on December 11.
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.