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Foreign Minister Arreaza denounces defamatory campaign of The New York Times against the nation of Venezuela

The Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, denounced on Monday, April 27th, a new slander campaign by the United States newspaper, The New York Times regarding the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and warned that the media is applying the same formulas that justified the invasions of Iraq and Libya, and the coup d’état in Bolivia in 2019.

According to a recent report by the New York media outlet, “terrorist groups are settling in Venezuela as lawlessness grows”, a direct reference to the Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN).

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister warned, through his Twitter account @jaarreaza, that “articles from The New York Times and other media, as well as an infamous Human Rights Watch report”, are once again seeking to increase interventionist pressure on the Latin American country, in coordination of media actions due to the impossibility of overthrowing the national government.

Venezuela and Bolivia strengthen cooperation in immigration and consular matters

With the purpose of exchanging information and establishing cooperation programs with the Plurinational State of Bolivia in migratory matters and consular relations, a delegation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was in the Andean country from April 17th to 23rd, developing an arduous work agenda.

As part of the agreed activities, the director of Consular Relations of the People’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eulalia Tabares, accompanied by the director of the Foreign Consular Service, Eudys Almeida, visited the border city of Desaguadero and Copacaba, two areas with a large influx of Venezuelans, both at the ends of Lake Tiquicaca.

A legal cooperation meeting was then held, and three workgroups were held to address issues related to Venezuelan migration, extradition of convicted persons and child abduction; attended by the Director General for Children of the Bolivian Ministry of Justice and Bolivian police officers.

Agreement between Venezuela and UN WFP is an achievement of the Bolivarian Government

The signing of the agreement with the World Food Program (WFP) of the United Nations (UN) was described as “a great international achievement of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” by the Head of State and Government, Nicolás Maduro.

The WFP will provide food assistance to children in initial education, in the first phase to the state of Falcón, and then spread throughout the Venezuelan territory.

In this regard, President Maduro noted that during his meeting with the executive director of the aforementioned organization, David Beasley, they also agreed on the joint work between the Bolivarian Government and WFP to strengthen food for all sectors of the country.

Venezuelan Government Designs Path to Cooperation in University Education with Namibia

The Director of the National Experimental University of the Arts (Unearte) of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Tibisay Lucena, held a videoconference meeting with the authorities of the Faculty of Arts of the Republic of Namibia to promote cooperation agreements in the field of education.

In this regard, the telematic meeting aimed at designing a cooperative route between the two educational institutions, which will consist of carrying out activities for the exchange of seminars and academic programs. It was also proposed to offer scholarships or exchanges of Venezuelan and Namibian students; in turn, both institutions expressed their desire to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Plan Vuelta a la Patria flight arrives with 231 Venezuelans from Peru

On April 26th, another 231 nationals from the Republic of Peru arrived in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on a flight from the state airline Conviasa, in the framework of the Plan Vuelta a la Patria. They were received at Simón Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetía, where they complied with all biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

This repatriation program has returned 24,029 nationals, most of them from Brazil (7,285), Peru (5,675), Ecuador (4,596), Chile (2,242), Argentina (1,156), Italy (404) and Spain (329).

First meeting of Runasur’s Technical Commission held in Cochabamba

On Saturday, April 24th, from Villa Tunari, Tropic of Cochabamba, in Bolivia, began the first meeting of the technical team for the formation of Runasur, a mechanism of South American integration of the peoples promoted by Bolivian leader Evo Morales and articulated by indigenous communities and popular organizations from different nations of the continent.

The constitutive event was attended by the technical commissions of Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela which, since last December, have participated in previous telematic meetings to discuss the general guidelines, organizational structure, regulatory regulation, financing, headquarters and full and associate members of this new platform on its way to its installation.

New shipment of Sputnik V vaccines arrives in Venezuela

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Saturday April 24th, in a message published on its official profile on the social network Twitter that a new shipment with 80,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 arrived in Venezuela, as part of the strategic alliance between the two nations.

“Our countries continue to cooperate in the fight against Covid-19 and further strengthen the strategic alliance”, highlighted the Russian Foreign Ministry in the Twitter post, also shared by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.

President Maduro Mourns the death of the Minister of Education

The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, acknowledged the work in favor of the Bolivarian Revolution by professor and politician Aristóbulo Istúriz who, at the time of his death, served as Minister of Education.

Through a Twitter message, the president mourned the physical departure of the social fighter, sending a message of support and condolence to the professor’s family.

In another post, he wrote: “A man of a thousand battles, he always taught us with his true word; since we were children we admired his struggle, he leaves us with his example, courage and relentless spirit that despite the years has still filled us with his strength. Honor and Glory! Long live the memory and work of Profe Aristotle!”

Venezuela Seizes One Ton of Cocaine

Members of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB), through the Bolivarian Shield Force 2021, detected a vessel transporting, on the shores of Sucre State, about one ton of drugs, allegedly cocaine, an official source reported.

The governor of Sucre, Edwin Rojas, pointed out on his Twitter account that in this way “the international drug trade has been dealt a serious blow (…) Venezuela ratifies its fight!”

The official detailed that in Operation Bolivarian Shield, the Coast Guard Detachment 53 seized approximately 1,000 kilograms of alleged cocaine off the northern shores of Araya, the Playa la Poza sector, in eastern Venezuela.

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