Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has given the assurance that there will be no adverse effects to the bilateral agreement between Dominica and Venezuela, following the death of Hugo Chavez.
The Venezuela leader, who has fought a two-year battle with cancer, died on Tuesday at the age of 58.
Skerrit, who was a guest on Kairi Fm’s Heng program on Wednesday morning, expressed confidence that the social economic initiatives between Dominica and Venezuela will continue.
“There was nothing selfish about President Hugo Chavez. What he did for Dominica and with Dominica, he readily shared with his cabinet at every step of the way. The people know of the relationship and they know the special affection we shared. Hugo Chavez and Roosevelt Skerrit were close friends but Venezuela and Dominica were even closer so I don’t expect the friendship to deteriorate,” PM Skerrit said.
The prime minister said further that he does not expect agreements on social and economic initiatives to be reneged upon.
“That was not the nature or spirit of the relationship that existed between the two countries. We are not bothered by any change of leadership in Venezuela after the passing of Hugo Chavez. The entire Venezuelan population know of the relationship that exists between Dominica and Venezuela,” he explained.
The Prime Minister also said that Dominica’s relationship with Chavez ‘s successor, Nicolas Maduro, has grown significantly over the past two years.
“We have a very meaningful friendship and relationship. Maduro was party to all and every matter that was discussed bilaterally between our countries. He was responsible for the Dominica file. If I couldn’t get the president; I would simply speak to Maduro and get the matter approved or advanced. I have no fear in a change of leadership,” he said.
In keeping with the Venezuelan constitution, general elections will be held in the South American country in 30 days.