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Cristina Fern?ndez de Kirchner arrives in Venezuela to sign new cooperative accords

The President of Argentina, Christina Fernández de Kirchner, arrived in Venezuela on Wednesday night to meet with President Hugo Chávez Frías.  Together they will evaluate progress in cooperative accords relating to industry that were signed in 2008.  They are also scheduled to sign new accords in areas including health, sports, labor, energy, transportation, and food.

Alicia Castro, the Argentina’s Ambassador to Venezuela, told the Bolivarian News Agency (ABN) that a letter of intention for cooperation between Venezuela’s Conviasa Airline and Aerolíneas Argentinas, which was recently re-nationalized by the Argentinean government, is among the most important agreements to be signed.

“We believe Caracas can become, due to its geographic location, a hub for tourist flights in South America.  We know that it is in a region dominated by U.S.-based airlines and their private local partners,” explained the diplomat.

Fernández de Kirchner landed at the Simón Bolívar International Airport at Maiquetía, located in the state of Vargas, following a trip to Cuba, where she met Cuban socialist revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.  Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro received President Fernández de Kirchner at the airport.

The Argentinean President was accompanied by her Minister of Foreign Affairs, Planning, Health, International Economic Relations, and Agriculture, as well as the president of the National Institute of Industrial Technology (Inti), four senators and seven representatives.

In 2008, Venezuela and Argentina signed an industrial cooperation accord which calls for the construction of 209 socialist factors under certain criteria of complementarity and technology transferring.

It is expected that much of the focus in the meeting between President Chávez and Fernández de Kirchner will revolve around evaluating the progress of this accord.

Agencia Bolivariana de Noticias (ABN), Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / January 22, 2009

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