Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has expressed solidarity with, and support for, Venezuela, after the US approved a series of sanctions against officials of that South American country, according to Latin American news outlet teleSUR.
Skerrit is in Havana, Cuba attending an ALBA Summit.
“I am here to tell you, dear presidents of Venezuela and Cuba, our commitment is unwavering,” teleSUR quoted the prime minister as saying. “An attack against Cuba, against Venezuela is an attack against the Caribbean and Latin America.”
The sanctions against Venezuelan officials were approved last week and president Barack Obama plans to sign the legislation.
The sanctions aim to deny visas and freeze assets of Venezuelan officials who are accused of repressing and using “significant acts of violence or serious human rights abuse” against persons involved in anti-Maduro protests earlier this year.
Meanwhile Venezuelan president, Nicholas Maduro, has lashed out against the US over the sanctions.
“They can shove their US visas where they should be shoved, insolent Yankees!” he said at a rally in Venezuela attended by thousands of red-clad supporters.
The ALBA summit is being held to commemorate the founding of the organization and to discuss the future of Latin American and Caribbean solidarity and cooperation, media reports indicate.
Prime minister Skerrit is accompanied by Dominica’s ambassador to ALBA, Dr. Philbert Aaron.