NOTE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE SPOKESPERSON OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
United Nations, New York, 24 June 2010
Yesterday, 23 June, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki, President of the General Assembly started an official visit to Venuzuela, at the invitation of H.E. Mr. Hugo Chavez, President of the Republic.
President Treki and President Chavez met and had an extensive exchange of views on a number of major issues on the international agenda, with a special focus on development, climate change, peace and security, including the Question of Palestine, and the reform of the United Nations.
The President of the General Assembly welcomed the report by Venezuela on progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the country. President Chavez also briefed President Treki on Venezuela's support to other developing countries in their efforts to implement MDGs. The President of Venezuela expressed his country’s readiness to continue to share their experiences with those countries. President Chavez also conveyed his government's full support and intention to participate actively in the September 2010 MDGs Summit in New York.
President Treki briefed President Chavez on the major initiatives and issues under discussion during the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly. They emphasized the need to continue the efforts for real reform and strengthening of the United Nations. In the context of the revitalization of the General Assembly, both underlined the importance of enhancing the Assembly's role on issues such as climate change, disarmament, peace and security, and economic and financial issues. In the context of South South cooperation, both sides underlined the crucial importance of strengthening relations between Latin America and the African continent, and in this regard President Chavez expressed his commitment to promote a new inter-regional strategic program.
Yesterday, President Treki was received by H.E. Mr. Nicolas Maduro, the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs who was accompanied by cabinet ministers tasked with development and social affairs. The meeting was followed by a special session during which the report of the Government of Venezuela on the progress on the MDGs was presented. The Minister for Foreign Affairs later hosted a lunch in the honor of President Treki, in which the United Nations Country Team took part.
On 26 June, at the end of his visit to Venezuela, President Treki will travel to Cuba.