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    Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza visits labor unions and student groups in Abuya, Nigeria's capital city. | Photo: @jaarreaza

Published 19 February 2018

The visit is the first stop of a diplomatic tour in Africa, with the aim of strengthening relations in solidarity with supportive countries in the continent.

Nigeria's social movements expressed their solidarity with the South American country Monday as Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza was visiting labor unions and student groups in Abuya, Nigeria's capital city.

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During the visit, a Nigerian doctor who studied in Venezuela thanked the nation for training five doctors and 14 agronomists.

Arreaza said to the representatives of social movements that “there will be elections in Venezuela and the people will decide our peaceful future.”

“The international media will say that elections strengthen a dictatorship — this is when social movements must fight for the truth,” he added.

 

Earlier that day, Arreaza met with Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, as part of his South-South Dignity Tour in Africa.

Onyeama expressed Nigeria's solidarity towards the electoral process in Venezuela, along with opposition to U.S. and EU sanctions.

The oil-producers signed “strategic” agreements to “create education capacities and developing human talent”  between the two countries, as well as to strengthen dialogue and cooperation.

The meeting was held in the Nigerian Foreign Ministry headquarters, with the presence of the ambassadors of Cuba, Syria and Palestine in solidarity with the Bolivarian country, as well as Venezuelan diplomatic personnel in Nigeria.

The visit is part of a bigger tour that Arreaza started on Feb. 1, which has included visits to Cuba, Belize, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Surinam and Nicaragua.


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