Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived in Havana, Cuba, on Sunday night to participate in the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) Summit on ebola.
Upon arriving at José Martí Airport, Maduro said that the meeting demonstrates that “ALBA is an alliance for life, for peace, for solidarity. If there is one thing that distinguishes ALBA, it is that it is an alliance of governments and peoples for peace.”
The President indicated that this important summit was convened “in almost record time’ to confront the threat to public health and the lives of peoples in the region.
“We proposed a somewhat urgent meeting of ministers and public health officials and the logistics were made over one week. Cuban President Raúl Castro considered it necessary to convene the heads of state and government, and that is why we are here with all of our ALBA public health officials and foreign ministers. And this is a good signal of the power ALBA has to convene and face diverse circumstances,” he continued.
President Maduro noted that the summit will reinforce public health systems in ALBA countries, “where we have free, quality public health systems, and those of us who don’t are building them.”
“We are meeting to establish criteria, so that our people can be direct witnesses and protagonists in how humanity should face the threat to life and health in the regions. So it is a good step. We are on the vanguard of a topic that has worried the international community. It is not an exaggeration to say that [ebola] is alarming global public opinion,” Maduro said.
AVN / Press – Venezuelan Embassy in the US / October 20, 2014