Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has described measures imposed by the United States against Venezuela as unfair.
He was addressing an ALBA summit in Venezuela on Tuesday.
“The imposition of this measure by the United States against Venezuela is really unfair..” he said.
Last week US President Barack Obama, issued an executive order which considers Venezuela a threat to the national security of the United States.
But Skerrit told the summit that “no country has such authority to impose a measure that way to a country like Venezuela or any country.”
He said the matter is not an expression of anti-American sentiments, but one of principle.
“And we should not negotiate principles, we can negotiate the words but not principles,” the Prime Minister said.
He continued, “So we’re here to tell the people of Venezuela that you are not alone in seeking justice …”
He went on to say that he believes in diplomacy and consensus to resolve differences between countries.
The Prime Minister described Dominica as a friend of the people of Venezuela and called for cooperation to repeal “this decision taken by the President of the United States” since, according to him, it has a “unilateral purpose.”
“I think, really, we cannot but express our solidarity with the people of Venezuela. I do not think we should be silent about the injustice of this action; we have a duty as leaders, officials to be accountable to our people,” he stated.
ALBA is made up of Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Granada, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Venezuela.
A Spanish copy of the Prime Minister’s speech is available HERE.