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Venezuela's Foreign Minister: ALBA Humanitarian Aid Arrives in Lebanon

The Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Elías Jaua Milano, said that on September 16th, a Y8 Bolivarian Air Force plane reached Beirut, Lebanon with “cargo for lives” to distributed humanitarian aid from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) to the people of Syria.

“It looks as though the world will stop the insanity, given the initiative from Russia and the sovereign government of the Syrian Arab Republic.  Nevertheless, we cannot let down our guards.  We must keep pressuring, keep influencing [public] opinion to prevent Syria from being bombed,” said Venezuela’s Foreign Minister during a Bolivarian Dialogue with President Nicolás Maduro being broadcast from the state of Miranda.

The President indicated that “while the Venezuelan right wing called for Syria to be bombed and destroyed, what did ALBA do?  It sent humanitarian aid to the people, to every refugee camp.  Syrian children need blankets, books, notebooks, not a missile to kill them, and Venezuela follow a policy of world peace.”

The plane, which completed a 27 hour journey, had stopovers in Brazil, Senegal and Greece before arriving in Beirut, where the ALBA humanitarian aid was given to Syrian refugee families.

Madelein Garcia, a reporter from the international television station Telesur, boarded the plan on the final layover in Greece before arriving in Lebanon.  She interviewed the captain, Mohamed Nasser, who characterized the trip as “a pretty experience.  Our expectations are as we planned: good time, good winds.”

Nasser also noted that the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Lebanon took care of the logistical aspects of handing over the humanitarian aid.

MPPRE / Press – Venezuelan Embassy in the US / September 17, 2013

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