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International Community Congratulates Venezuela for Bicentennial of Independence

The international community saluted and congratulated the Venezuelan people for the celebration of the bicentennial of the country’s independence, which took place on July 5 with events across the country, including a parade in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

The presidents of Chile , Nicaragua , Vietnam , and Belarus congratulated the Venezuelan people for the milestone, while also wishing the prompt recovery of President Hugo Chávez, who returned to Venezuela on Monday after undergoing surgery in Cuba .

Nicaraguan First Lady Rosario Murillo issued a statement in which she and President Daniel Ortega recognized the double celebration for the bicentennial of Venezuela’s independence and Chavez’s health.

"Dear brother, President Hugo Chávez Frías, on the eve of July 5 we greet you and we are happy to see you back in Venezuela in this open process of improvement," Ortega said in the statement.

Meanwhile, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera sent a letter to his Venezuelan counterpart wishing him a fast recovery from surgery. The letter was delivered by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rafael Moreno, who was received by Chavez on Monday on the eve of the bicentennial.

Vietnam's President Nguyen Minh Triet also congratulated President Hugo Chavez on the anniversary of independence. Venezuela's ambassador to Vietnam, Jorge Rondon, said, "President Triet said that Vietnam could count on Chávez for whatever is necessary, since the relationship with Venezuela has a solid base that goes beyond trade."

Also, President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, congratulated the Venezuelan president and his people for the bicentennial celebration.

"In contrast to these contemporary challenges and despite many obstacles on the path toward building a new Venezuela , Chavez is an example of a true and courageous service to his country," he said.

On the other hand, the British ambassador in Venezuela , Catherine Nettleton, highlighted "the participation of the British Legion in the independence movement, as the periods during which the hero Simon Bolivar and Francisco de Miranda were in London , creating strong historical bonds between our countries."

"I send to all Venezuela’s people my congratulations on this historic date," the diplomat added.

The bicentennial of Venezuela’s independence was held on Tuesday with multiple acts and events. The day began with the launching of fireworks in the morning, then with the opening of the ark where the declaration of independence rests, and a colorful civic-military parade involving over 12,000 people.
Telsur/ Press Office-Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S/ July, 6th 2011

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