Fidel in Jamaica for Petrocaribe Summit

Campaign News | Wednesday, 7 September 2005

17 leaders meet to discuss energy cooperation in the region

MONTEGO BAY Sept 6: Cuban President Fidel Castro arrived Monday in Montego Bay, Jamaica to participate in the Petrocaribe Summit, to be attended by presidents and ministers of government from the 17 countries who signed the Constituent Agreement for that Energy Cooperation Treaty adopted June 29 in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela.

The summit was called by Hugo Chávez Frias, president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and Jamaican Prime Minister Percival Patterson, and takes place on the same date of the celebration of the 190th anniversary of the Letter from Jamaica, signed on September 6, 1815 by Liberator Simón Bolívar, at which time he made a profound observation on the necessary independence and integration of our region’s peoples.

Wykehan McNelly, minister of state, and Derrick F. Kellier, minister of parliamentary affairs, were present to welcome the Cuban president, as was Cuban Ambassador Gisela García and other officials. President Chávez arrived moments later.

Other participants at the summit include the prime ministers or ministers of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Granada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Surinam, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

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