The Executive Secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP); Sacha Llorenti, met with the diplomatic representatives of the member countries during his visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran on the occasion of the swearing-in of new President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi.
At the meeting, the regional integration bloc reaffirmed its solidarity with those countries affected by unilateral coercive measures aimed at breaking their peoples’ will.
The meeting was attended by Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Denis Moncada, Ambassador Isaac Bravo Jean, Bolivia’s Ambassador Romina Pérez Ramos, Cuba’s Ambassador Alexis Bandrich Vega, Venezuela’s Vice-minister for Asia, the Middle East and Oceania Capaya Rodríguez and Ambassador Carlos Alcalá Cordones.
In his speech, the Secretary emphasized the need to face the enemy and have a clear political and ideological position in order to successfully move forward.
“When people have ideological doubts, they get lost, but for those of us who have an absolutely clear horizon, it is easy to know where to go. It is much easier to find oneself when one has an absolutely clear horizon,” he said.
He added that each historical moment has its own particularity and currently it is not only a matter of fighting against imperialism’s attempts to hijack the natural resources of each country and turn these nations into a marketplace for its products, but also to destroy the idea and the possibility of the existence of another model of development with social justice.
“Neither hunger nor misery is our fate; rather, there is the possibility of a more just and humane social justice, and that is the example of ALBA-TCP. The further we have been from the United States, the better we have done. The more independent and sovereign we become, this is absolutely related to the means of social justice”, he stressed.
Secretary Llorenti highlighted the work of changing people’ lives through the ideas of Commanders Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro, ” you can see the great work that has been done in these years”.
Likewise, he pleaded for the unity of the peoples who are victims of coercive sanctions and the Alliance’s solidarity with them.
Also, Llorenti asserted that the Heads of State and Government have strengthened integration, and in this context, different meetings have been planned in areas such as health, communication, education, economy, women’s rights and gender, culture and tourism.
Secretary Llorenti recalled that, as Commander Chávez used to say, ALBA-TCP has to build a platform going beyond States to strengthen the peoples and exercise the peoples’ diplomacy.
Finally, the ALBA-TCP Executive Secretary thanked for the support the ALBA Secretariat has received from the governments, especially Venezuela’s through President Nicolás Maduro, Vice-president Delcy Rodríguez and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.
Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister affirmed that as long as the U.S. imperialism and European imperialist powers exist and implement offensive, meddling, neocolonial policies of domination, the Alliance will also exist to fight against them and defend the sovereignty and independence of the peoples.