Venezuela Envoy Proposes ‘Visa Free Privilege Agreement’

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The Republic of Venezuela’s Head of Mission accredited to Liberia, Ambassador Miguelangel Della Vecchia, has proposed a “Visa Free Privilege Agreement” for diplomatic and official passport holders of both his country and Liberia.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Vecchia, who paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara recently, said the proposed Agreement will enhance the movement of officials of the two governments without barriers.

During discussions with Min. Kamara, the Venezuelan diplomat underscored the need to strengthen diplomatic ties with Liberia; adding, “We are very pleased to work closely with African countries.”

Mr. Vecchia pledged his country’s readiness to expand cooperation in the areas of education, health, sports, and agriculture, among others, which he said will enhance previous agreements signed between both countries in 2013. He extended an invitation for Liberian officials to visit Venezuela in order to work on a Joint Commission Framework that will prioritize key areas.

While recounting his country’s role in the fight against Ebola, he assured the Foreign Minister of his country’s preparedness to assist Liberia in addressing its post-Ebola recovery challenges.

Mr. Vecchia, who resides in Abuja, Nigeria, with concurrent accreditation to Sierra Leone and ECOWAS, expressed thanks and appreciation to Min. Kamara and the Liberian government for the warm reception accorded him since his arrival in the country.

The Venezuelan Head of Mission also disclosed that a high-level delegation from his country headed by its Foreign Minister, Mr. Delcy Rodriguez, is expected in Liberia next week to deliver a special invitation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from the Venezuelan President, Mr. Nicolás Maduro Moros, for a state visit to Venezuela in September 2016.

The South American said the invitation by his President is an opportunity for the two countries to further re-engage and strengthen the existing diplomatic ties between them at that high-level forum.

In response, Foreign Min. Kamara thanked him for the visit and for all the assistance his country has rendered Liberia especially during the darkest hours of the Ebola outbreak in the country.

She stated that she was very pleased to hear that the two countries would revamp their diplomatic relationship with renewed energy for the mutual benefit of their governments and peoples.

“I am pleased by the message, which is that we should revise our relationship; we will try to see how we can make this more concrete and revisit some of the agreements we have signed so that we can have tangible connections between our two countries,” she emphasized.

She assured Amb. Vecchia that President Sirleaf would be glad to receive the invitation from President Maduro for a state visit.

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