Venezuela - 205 years and counting
It has been 205 years since the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela claimed their independence and the movement by Simon Bolivar is still recognised today.
The celebration of their National Day was held at The Jamaica Pegasus where well wishers and diplomats came out in their numbers to give their support. After the playing of the Jamaican and Venezuelan national anthems, Venezuelan Charges d'Affaires Luisa Gutierrez gave a beautiful and informative speech taking us back to 1811 in Caracas, Venezuela.
It was Simon Bolivar, however, who was responsible for the close diplomatic relation. During exile, he came to Jamaica and wrote 'the Letter of Jamaica', where he first called unity of the nations, 'the need of Unity of Latin-American and Caribbean Countries in order to achieve the Great Homeland: 'Nuestra America'," mentioned Gutierrez.
The brief history lesson was something that we all appreciated and Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck expressed his sentiments about the relationship. It is one that has grown and is evident through the teaching of Spanish at the Venezuelan Embassy and the PetroCaribe agreement.
The night was not all about formalities. There was meeting and greeting with fine wine and food among friends before departing to their homes.