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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro arrives in Jamaica for working visit

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2016 | 10:44 PM
Venezuelan president Nicholas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores Maduro descend the stairs on arrival on a flight from Caracas Saturday night - Contributed photo.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has arrived in Jamaica for a one-day working visit Sunday.

Maduro landed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston at 9.15 Saturday evening.

He was met by Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith and other dignitaries.

Johnson Smith said the visit is important and that she was expecting fruitful talks from a bilateral meeting, between Maduro and Prime Minister, Andrew Holness on Sunday.

IN PHOTO: Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith

The Prime Minister will host a luncheon in his honour at the Office of the Prime Minister before Maduro lays a floral tribute at the Simon Bolivar Statue.

Maduro will depart on Sunday afternoon.

Over the years Jamaica and Venezuela have enjoyed strong ties of history, friendship and cooperation and are members of regional mechanisms, such as the PetroCaribe and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

IN PHOTO: President Maduro and then Prime Minister Portia Simpson in 2015

President Maduro last visited Jamaica in September 2015, for the Summit to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the PetroCaribe Agreement, the 200th Anniversary of the Jamaica Letter, written by the Great Liberator Simon Bolivar in Kingston on 6th September 1815, and for the inauguration of the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre in downtown Kingston.