Dominica paid tribute to Venezuela in a big way as the south American country celebrated 200 years of independence today.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit long with Dominican security officers are currently in Caracas supporting the Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, while members of his Cabinet took part in a grand ceremony this morning.
Wreaths were placed before the statue of Venezuelan Liberator at the Simon Bolivar square in Goodwill.
Acting Prime Minister Reginald Austrie congratulated the people of Venezuela, claiming that Dominica’s membership of ALBA and the presence of PretroCaribe in Dominica is testimony of the growing relationship between the two countries.
“Two hundred years is a very long time, yet the fire that burns in the Venezuelan people never get cold never gets old nor will it ever die, but grow brighter with every passing day. We in Dominica know that fire very well because our ancestors kindled in that fire too,” he said.
According to Austrie, Dominica is very proud to be associated with Venezuela. “Prime Minister Skerrit is right by the side of his brother and his friend. Viva President Hugo Chavez,” he said.
ALBA Ambassador Dr Philbert Aaron, Attorney General Levi Peters also formed part of this morning’s event.