The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez Frías, met yesterday with his counterparts from Brazil, Luiz Inácio da Silva; Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado; Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma; and Paraguay, Fernando Lugo Méndez, to review, debate and agree upon topics related to regional integration in the city of Belém do Pará, Brazil.
The Presidential meeting took place in a hotel in Belém and included the Foreign Ministers and official delegations of each President.
Following the encounter, the Presidents went to the Hangar Convention Center to participate in a World Social Forum discussion titled “How to confront the global crisis.” 7,000 people attended the discussion, which was led by the governor of the state of Pará, Ana Julia de Vasconcelos Carepa
Relations with the United States
Just prior to the meeting with his colleagues, President Chávez spoke about the expectations there are with the new administration in the United States, although he clarified that there are no illusions given the imperialist attitude which has historically characterized Washington.
In opining about the decision to close the prison in Guantanamo, President Chávez celebrated the decision but indicated that it is the first of many decisions that must be taken to return sovereignty and respect to the nations of the world.
“These are trials by fire that Obama will have to overcome,” he expressed. The President also said that respect for sovereignty of peoples “is the least we can hope for” from the new administration.
“[Barack Obama’s] actions have to show that he can meet the expectations which have been created for him throughout the world,” concluded President Chávez.
Prensa Presidencial, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / January 30, 2009