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Venezuela and Argentina Sign Cooperation Agreements

The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, met with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to sign agreements that would strengthen cooperation in energy and automotive technology transfer,  and areas such as gas and agricultural.

Upon arriving in Buenos Aires, the Venezuelan president spoke briefly with the media, and sent a warm salute to the people of Argentina “who have Peronist and Bolivarian hearts, we are happy to be here again.”

Chavez declared that with this meeting “we are ratifying our promise with the union of South America and I honestly believe that we are destined by geography and history, by sentiment to push like two great motors, you all from the southern cone, and we from the Caribbean, to make South America what it must be.”

Chavez reminded listeners that he was going to sign the accord for the localization and initiation of jobs at a regasification plant, and that “Argentina consumes a lot of gas and does not have reserves…inside of 2 years we should be liquefying gas and already we are constructing a plant. I will be happy when the first boat leaves for Argentina with cheap and clean energy.

Regarding the Bank of the South, Chavez said that it only remains for member nations to inject capital, which will be “what each of us can, we are sovereign decision makers and the Bank of the South arrived at the right time, we have to liberate ourselves from the dictatorship of international institutions and the dollar.”

Chavez said that he will also  talk with Fernandez about the global economic crisis and measures being taking to confront it; and about the next Summit of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the definitive launch of the Bank of the South.

Radio Nacional de Venezuela, Press Unit of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela / May 15, 2009

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