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Holness: Jamaica concerned about economic decline in Venezuela

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2016 | 3:43 PM
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness on arrival at Jamaica House this morning - Rudolph Brown Photo

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica has been following, with concern, the political and economic developments in Venezuela, noting that this country will continue to be a voice of fairness and balance in the region.

"We wish for social and political peace to prevail, for the greater good and welfare of all Venezuelans," Holness said following bilateral talks with Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro at Jamaica House this morning.

Maduro has been in Jamaica on a one-day working visit.

"It is our belief that disputes should be resolved peacefully and diplomatically through dialoguerespect for democracy, rule of law and good governance," Holness said.

IN PHOTO: President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro (left) with Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre) and Finance Minister Audrey Shaw at Jamaica House. Also in photo is Martha Corbett Baugh, Education Officer for foreign languages Spanish and French in the Ministry of Education.

There has been a series of protests in the south American country amid rising inflation and declining quality of life especially in the past five months.

READ: Maduro and the headlines amid Venezuelan crisis

"We look forward to a timely and amicable resolution, and a return to stability, for the good of the people of Venezuela," Holness said.

The Jamaican Prime Minister said, however, that both countries must continue to nurture relations of trust, so that through dialogue about all issues, creative solutions, can be developed guided by the very deep and effective relationship between Jamaica and Venezuela for decades.