OPEC Secretary General visits Venezuela and meets with President Maduro
Caracas, Venezuela, September 16, 2021 – OPEC Secretary General HE Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo visited the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela at the gracious invitation of his government to celebrate OPEC’s 61st anniversary. Venezuela is a founding member of OPEC.
The four-day visit has already included meetings with HE Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela, HE Delcy Rodriguez Gomez, Vice-President of the country, HE Tareck El Aissami, Minister of the People of Petroleum, HE Felix Plasencia, Minister of Foreign Affairs and HE Asdrubal Chavez, President of Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), the country’s national oil company.
The Secretary General was received at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas by President Maduro. Minister El Aissami was present at the meeting.
President Maduro reaffirmed Venezuela’s full support for OPEC and the historic Declaration of Cooperation (DoC), praising the strength of the partnership between OPEC and non-OPEC oil-producing countries participating in the DoC for meet the challenges of the oil market.
The President also highlighted the leading role that OPEC played during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also commended the Secretary-General for his efforts to foster dialogue and build consensus in order to find viable solutions.
In this context, President Maduro reiterated the importance of the DoC, with 23 oil-producing countries pursuing policies that support the process of rebalancing and stabilizing the oil market, as well as addressing future challenges facing the industry. .
The President also stressed the importance of producing a documentary that covers OPEC and its role in supporting stability in the global oil market.
The Secretary General thanked the President for his exemplary leadership and unwavering support for the DoC process, in particular the decisions adopted in 2020, which were essential to address the challenges in the oil market caused by the pandemic.
The bilateral meeting between the Secretary General and Minister El Aissami was held at the Minister’s office in Caracas.
At the meeting, the Minister welcomed the Secretary General to Venezuela, noting that this was the Secretary General’s fifth visit to the OPEC member country since 2016. The Minister also pointed out that the meeting today is his first face-to-face meeting with the secretary. General.
In return, the Secretary-General expressed his gratitude for the kind invitation to celebrate the Organization’s 61st anniversary in Venezuela, the land of legend Simon Bolivar and the home country of OPEC veteran Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo. , who represented Venezuela at the founding meeting of the Organization.
They also discussed the DoC’s successful efforts in the interest of oil market stability, which positively contributed to the process of global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both recognized that the current oil cycle is the most complex in the history of the industry.
The Secretary General and the Minister held a joint press conference after the meeting. He also attended the inauguration of a photo exhibition entitled “OPEC and Venezuela, 61 years of common history”.
The Secretary General was received on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 by Minister Plasencia and an accompanying delegation at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas.
The Organization was established at a meeting September 10-14, 1960 in Baghdad, Iraq.
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