SUKHUM, ABKHAZIA - September, 7 - The visit of the delegation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia in the Latin American countries goes on. On September 2 in Caracas (Venezuela), in the Grand-Malia hotel a meeting with the delegation of the Republic of Abkhazia and the diplomatic corps representatives in Caracas took place.
The Abkhaz delegation including the deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Maxim Gvindzhiya, the State Protocol of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs chief Asida Inapshba, the chief of the Information Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Irakly Tuzhba and a MP Sener Gogua has had a number of meetings with Ambassadors of Latin American countries in Venezuela.
At the meetings the possibility of cooperation development with Abkhazia in different spheres was discussed. “All the meetings have been held in a warm, friendly atmosphere, and the Latin American states have openly expressed support to the Russia and Nicaragua’s decision to recognize independence of Abkhazia”, the chief of the Information Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Abkhazia Irakly Tuzhba told “Apsnypress”.
On September 3 M. Gvindzhiya's meeting with the Ambassadors of Honduras, Nicaragua, Bolivias, Argentina, Chile took place. The prospects of development of mutual relations in economic, cultural, educational and other spheres were being discussed there.
“Besides, the possibility of establishing interaction with the ALBA organisation including such countries as Venezuela, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba Bolivia, etc. whose activity aims at strengthening cooperation between Latin American countries and other interested states was discussed”, Tuzhba said.
At the same time prospects of the recognition of independence of Abkhazia by the Latin American countries were discussed at the meetings. “From this point of view establishment of diplomatic contacts with such countries as Venezuela and Cuba is of great importance since they are in the forerfont in the region and their actions can affect other states’ position on this issue”, the deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia Maxim Gvindzhiya considers.
“The Abkhaz delegation makes every effort to create favorable basis promoting the recognition of Abkhazia by the Latin American countries”, Tuzhba stressed.
On September 3 representatives of the Republic of Abkhazia held a meeting with the members of the Latin American Parliament from Venezuela including representatives of 22 countries, each of which delegates 12 MPs.
The primary goal of the Latin American Parliament consists in solving questions and problems of the Latin American countries. Besides, the organisation develops cooperation with the Asian and African countries in the area of parliamentary activity. “MPs from Venezuela assured Abkhazia’s representatives of full support of the policy followed by Abkhazia’s leadership aimed at the recognition of the republic on the international scene and self-denying struggle for independence”, I. Tuzhba said.
Maxim Gvindzhiya thanked the present for warm welcome and a chance to hold such a meeting with representatives of the Latin American countries’ parliamentary bodies.
He also mentioned that Abkhazia, like many Latin American countries, has struggled throughout many years for independence and possibility of bulding own state. Gvindzhiya stressed that Abkhazia is open for cooperation with all the countries ready to carry on a civilised dialogue and to respect each other’s interests.
I. Tuzhba said the program of the delegation of Abkhazia’s stay in Venezuela is carried out with assistance of Representative Office of the Prednestrovian Moldavian Republic in Caracas, the Embassy of the Russian Federation and the State Protocol Department of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela.
On September 5 the Abkhaz delegation left for Cuba where a number of meetings with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Cuba representatives will be held.
The official visit of the Abkhaz delegation to Nicaragua by the invitation of the President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega Saavedra will take place from September 9 till September 11, 2009.