Venezuela's President invites Geingob for working visit

17 Oct 2018 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 OCT (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has been invited by President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela to pay a working visit to that country.
The invitation letter was delivered by Maduro’s emissary, the Vice Minister for Africa, Yuri Pimentel at State House on Wednesday.
Maduro also sent a message of appreciation to Geingob for condemning a failed assassination attempt against him on 04 August 2018 in Caracas.
“You were the first African President to send him [Maduro] a condemnation letter of what had happened, gladly nothing happened and everything is okay now,” Pimentel said.
Pimentel explained that his President wants to engage with the Namibian leader on how to improve bilateral agreements between the two countries, outlining education as a possible area of cooperation.
“Also in the economic sector. For example, Namibia is very strong on mining and Venezuela is very strong on energy. There are also lots of other areas we have identified to have possible agreements that would benefit both our people,” he stressed.
In response, Geingob said his administration will issue a response in which he would indicate the time of his visit, but however noted that Namibia is also facing an economic downturn, which was caused by commodity and fuel price hikes.
“We are pulling hard and we are cutting down on many activities but we will survive,” Geingob said.
He also added that his administration is also checking on funds that were wasted as a result of corruption.
The Venezuelan minister arrived in Namibia on Monday and is expected to return on Wednesday afternoon.