Syria to Give a Warm Welcome to Chavez

Syria, whose conditions are similar to those facing Venezuela regarding US pressures on both, is preparing to give a red carpet reception to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who is going to visit Damascus tomorrow.

The two peoples and governments of Syria and Venezuela are facing similar conditions because of their standing in one trench against US hegemony and control as well as their standing by just causes, a report said today.

The report noted the importance of the Chavez visit to Syria is due to his role in boosting and cementing ties between the two countries; these ties that have witnessed remarkable development during the last five years in all realms, serving both peoples' aspirations and in both countries' interests.

"This visit reiterates Venezuela's standing by Syria and her principled and just causes as it opens wide horizons for cooperation in all fields," Venezuela's ambassador to Syria Dia Nader al-Eindari told SANA.

There are over one million Venezuelans of Syrian origin who [among other achievements] have become members of parliament and work at governmental institutions and this in itself poses as a force for both and establishes genuine fraternal ties, the ambassador noted.

She pointed to the "cultural approach" as the strategic entrance to develop special ties, mainly in light of developing education of the Arab language in Venezuela, particularly the political will that has been provided by Presidents Bashar al-Assad and Hugo Chavez.

The two sides are coordinating their stances and diplomatic positions in all international forums, and the most significant factor joining them is their aspiration to build a multi–polar world where hegemony and control disappear and the imbalance of the world order is tackled in light of the current one polar system.

Syria and Venezuela are sticking to the principles of independence and sovereignty and reject diktat as they defend justice and peace in the world.

The two countries are establishing cooperative ties in all domains where preparations are going ahead to ink a number of agreements in addition to already signed accords in cultural, scientific, media, transport and commercial fields.

On the political level, the two sides are coordinating their stances and exchanging letters and official visits where deputy foreign minister Dr. Faisal Miqdad recently transformed a verbal message from President Assad to President Chavez over bolstering ties and Syria's view point over changes that Latin America is witnessing.

Syria is currently receiving a Venezuelan parliamentary delegation and another delegation was here early this month to show solidarity with Syria and clarify viewpoints on the struggle in the region, notably the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples.

The Syrian street showed warm interaction with the Venezuelan stand during the Israeli aggression on Lebanon and Palestine where popular delegations visited the Venezuelan embassy in Damascus and voiced appreciation for and love of President Chavez's stances, mainly the "wise decision to summon the Venezuelan ambassador from Israel in a protest gesture."

The Venezuelan ambassador in Damascus noted the availability of genuine political will between the two countries to boost economic ties, noting the growing of the Arabic language in Venezuela that means reactivating the memory of this community through its double belonging; therefore, the improvement of its awareness so as to consolidate the two countries' relations.

President Chavez had established the Bolivarian Revolution, where many Venezuelans rallied around his first bid to get rid of the oppressive rule in his country, [which started in] in 1992 but many factors interfered to foil it, like the US.

After a long political struggle and the failed attempt, he was nominated to the presidential elections in 1998 depending on the people's support.

He took over in February 1999 to become the last Venezuelan president from the 20th century to the new millennium.

In short, Hugo Chavez has emerged as an iconic figure in the anti-imperialist and social justice movements.

More than just a symbol, of course, his contribution and the development of the social revolution in Venezuela deserves close study and examination.

[Source: Syrian Arab News Agency, Damascus, 29Aug06]

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