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Venezuela receives PM Jean-Charles for 17th Non-Aligned Movement Summit

Valéry Bennett

National Palace Correspondent

ISLA DE MARGARITA, Venezuela ( – Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles was received as the head of Haitian delegation in Venezuela on Friday to participate in the 17th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which runs from September 16 to 18 around the theme of “World Peace”.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Haiti Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Haiti Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles shake hands at 17th NAM Summit in Margarita, Venezuela

The NAM is a group of 120 nations, which are not formally aligned, and share the goals of fighting imperialism, colonialism and oppression. It was founded in Belgrade in 1961.

At his arrival, Prime Minister Jean-Charles, was received by the Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Aristòbulo Istùriz Almeida, and the Ambassador of Haiti to Venezuela, Lesly David. Justice Minister Camille Edouard Jr. has assumed the role of prime minister until his return on Monday, September 19.

on Friday called for world peace and an end to regional conflicts.

This ministerial meeting worked to define the scope of the Margarita Declaration, which will be made public by the heads of state on Saturday.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said that “emancipation, anti-imperialism and peace are the flags that define the XVII NAM Summit Venezuela 2016,” according to state TV network Telesur.

Peru’s ambassador to Venezuela, Mario Lopez Chavarri, echoed that the Margarita Declaration would reflect the united condemnation against a number of threats to global peace, including the nuclear tests causing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Chavarri advocated for “dialogue and the peaceful exchanging of ideas, as ways of maintaining peace and development.”

Lebanon’s ambassador to Venezuela, Elias Lebbos, insisted that the NAM group should help find more effective solutions to the problems in the Middle-East, including Palestine.

“Lebanon urges the members of the Non-Aligned Movement to strengthen cooperation between us as well as efforts to tackle the challenges we face,” he said during his address.

For Omar Castaneda, Guatemala’s permanent representative to the UN, “the underlying issues for all interested parties must be dealt with for an inclusive dialogue.”

Venezuela’s Minister of Oil and Mining Eulogio Del Pino said on Friday that the 17th NAM Summit should help promote the kind of consensus needed to stabilize world oil prices.

“Countries want a fair price for their gas and oil,” said Del Pino, adding prices have been “in the hands of speculators … in the past two years.”

Despite concerns about differing conflicts, the gathered diplomats stood firm on condemning terrorism, extremism, fundamentalism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and biological weapons.

The participants also agreed on a rejection of interventionism by states, preventive wars, economic blockades, and “unfair” differences in commercial exchanges.

Heads of state and top government officials will meet on Sept. 17-18 at the NAM summit.

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Post source : Xinhua

About The Author

Valéry Bennett is a graduate student of Digital Publishing at ESCP, Paris. He is of Haitian descent and participates in the biennial mission trip with his church.