In a message sent to the people and the Government of Venezuela about the 25 years since Commander Hugo Chávez (1954–2013) assumed the presidency and the beginning of the Revolution, Gonsalves announced that in the meeting they will continue the work in progress. of Chávez and “comrade Fidel Castro.”
“Return to Simón Bolívarfor a deeper integration between our Latin American and Caribbean civilizations,” he stressed.
The president stated that he is looking forward to March 1 to receive Nicolás Maduro and the rest of the leaders of Celac, made up of 33 countries of this important regional organization, in which the creation “Chávez has a decisive role with the others.”
Gonsalves welcomed his counterparts from the Bolivarian Republic on behalf of his people and government on the 25th anniversary of the presidency of the so-called eternal commander, after his election victory a few months ago.
He emphasized that February 2, 1999, is etched in our collective memory because on that day, a new phase of solidarity began in Latin America and the Caribbean, “the beginning of the struggle for freedom and justice” in the name of the poor. , the workers, and the marginalized.
We salute the life and work of Hugo Chávez, but it is not only for our comrade but for all the Venezuelan people, all Bolivarians, throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, he said.
He noted that “we must be grateful for this great openness” that President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarians of Venezuela and the entire region have maintained.
“Today is a day of joy, and we are happy for it. “We are happy for this day, and I send my love to the people of Venezuela,” he declared.
The prime minister of San Vicentino stated that we are trying to make this hemisphere, this world, a better place for peace, security, prosperity, and sustainable development for everyone, not just a few people in the rich countries.
Not just for some people married to monopoly capitalism and imperialism, but for all the people of the earth, he affirmed again.