Paraguayan president defends relations with Cuba and Venezuela to Rumsfeld

Campaign News | Friday, 19 August 2005

Duarte praises Cuban aid

ASUNCION - Nicanor Duarte, president of Paraguay, has defended the relations of his government with Cuba and Venezuela to Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. defense secretary, according to Paraguayan Defense Minister Roberto González.

A communiqué read out by González and circulated by EFE, affirms that Duarte highlighted to Rumsfeld the total educational support his country receives from Cuba, as well as the economic benefits of the energy agreements signed with Venezuela.

”At the same time we agreed on the need to build a united South America, with greater political power in world decisions, especially in the economy, finances, the distribution of information and knowledge,” according to the text, circulated a day after Rumsfeld’s official visit to Asunción.

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