?On 29 January 2013, the Ambassador of Indonesia
accompanied by Political Officer attended a meeting between the National
Assembly and countries who have Parliamentary Friendship Group with Venezuela
at the National Assembly. The meeting was attended by Ambassadors or its
representatives from 20 Embassies with those Friendship Groups, namely
Abkhazia, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, China, Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea, Cuba, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy,
Nicaragua, Palestine, France, Paraguay, Russia and Uruguay.
It was the first time the National Assembly of
Venezuela held such a gathering. It was expected that the event could be held
annually to evaluate past activities and plan for the forthcoming year.
In his opening remarks, Vice Chairman of the
Parliament, Dario Vivas, emphasized the support of Parliament and people of
Venezuela for the continuity of government under President Chavez who was
re-elected as the President on 7 October 2012. In general, he also highlighted
political and economic situation at global and regional level, particularly
with the CELAC-UE Summit in Chile and CELAC Summit.
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Nieves
Velasquez hoped that the Friendship Groups could enhance cooperation through
such concrete activities as mutual visits and as a forum for information
exchange. Specifically, he referred to the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) where countries
could share their experiences on democracy.
During the discussion session, the representatives
of countries extended their appreciation for the initiative by the National
Assembly to hold the meeting.
The Ambassador of Indonesia expressed its gratitude
and appreciation to the Chair of the Venezuela-Indonesia Parliamentary
Friendship Group (GAPVI), H.E. Asdrubal Colina. For the year 2012, the Group
had carried out three important activities, namely: (i) Visit by the GAPVI to
Indonesia, (ii) Facilitation of pending bilateral agreements, and (iii) Seminar
in Valencia and the renovation of “Escuela República de Indonesia”. Responding
to the Vice Minister’s comments on BDF, the Ambassador stated that BDF with its
concept of “home-grown democracy” is an important opportunity for Venezuela to
share its values where socialism and democracy could go hand-in-hand, particularly
through its participative and protagonist democracy.
The Ambassador reported on activities conducted by
the GAPVI. “This could only be done through the enthusiasm and full support
shown by the Chair of the GAPVI, including the renovation of Escuela República
de Indonesia” (Political Section).