The Executive Secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorenti, in the company of the President of the Bank of ALBA, Raúl Li Causi, thanked the regional organization’s member countries for their solidarity as the first phase of humanitarian aid provided to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines concluded, following the eruption of La Soufrière volcano.
“Each one of you is materializing with your presence, with your work, with your effort, what the Alliance for the Peoples of Our America means, an alliance for life,” said Secretary Llorenti, praising the work of Venezuelan soldiers, doctors and experts in natural disasters of the Simón Bolívar Humanitarian Task Force.
“You are an expression of what brotherhood and solidarity among peoples mean,” he stressed.
Llorenti reaffirmed that ALBA-TCP represents an alliance for life, not to invade, not to seize the natural resources of other peoples, nor to organize coups. “We get organized to extend a friendly, fraternal hand to those peoples in need,” he highlighted.
The President of the Bank of ALBA, Raúl Li Causi, extended the gratitude of the people and Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the humanitarian aid contingent of Venezuelan and Cuban professionals who accomplished their mission in the Caribbean country.
“We’ve been able to provide this support for several weeks now (…) It’s been a tremendous job. You have placed Bolívar’s homeland and the name of ALBA-TCP on high, and we want to let you know by thanking you for your commitment and performance in this mission,” said Li Causi, who announced the return of the Bolivarian Navy ship and its crew to Venezuela after successfully accomplishing their mission in the island.
He said that the regional integration bloc is getting ready for the second phase of cooperation with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to rebuild the country following this natural disaster.
In a first phase, the ALBA-TCP member countries established a sea corridor for the Venezuelan AB Goajira navy ship to transport water, food, personal hygiene kits and other supplies to assist the Vincentian population affected by the volcano’s eruption.