The foreign ministers of Venezuela and Ecuador will make an official visit to Greece Saturday to sign bilateral agreements with the new leftist Greek government, led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
The visit, announced Thursday from Moscow during the meeting between Ecuador’s Ricardo Patiño, Venezuela’s Delcy Rodriguez, and the Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak, will look to firm up agreements between the South American nations and Greece in the fields of industry, shipping, and tourism.
The official visit to Greece was requested by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who warmly welcomed the victory of Syriza in the Greek elections held in January. He has also invited Tsipras to visit Venezuela. Maduro said the election of the leftists was an important development in the "great battle for the dignity, independence and the European people's right to live."
Analysts have drawn comparisons between the victory of the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece to the “pink tide” of leftists leaders who won elections throughout Latin America over the last decade and a half.
The Greek government is currently working with its eurozone partners to renegotiate its debt, an experience several countries in Latin America are also familiar with.
The left-wing Syriza coalition's triumph sent shock waves around Europe, while sending international media into a frenzy, over the prospect of anti-austerity groups on the continent gaining popularity and power.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said one of his priorities is a fair and mutually beneficial deal with creditors, adding that recession-hit Greece cannot recover without a significant debt reduction and an end to austerity cuts.