Raúl Castro welcomes Venezuelan delegation after Sandy
Venezuela is among the first countries that have provided humanitarian aid to Cuba and Haiti, the most lambasted countries in the Caribbean
The delegation commissioned by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has been assigned the mission of "assessing, along with Cuban authorities, on site," the damages caused by Sandy last Thursday, Cuban state-run newspaper Granma reported, DPA cited.
The hurricane of 80 mph winds swept the eastern part of the island and wrecked havoc across Santiago de Cuba and Holguín. Based on preliminary estimates, the hurricane caused havoc in more than 180,000 dwellings in both provinces.
Castro welcomed Ramírez and the members of the Venezuelan delegation on Thursday afternoon at the Santiago de Cuba airport, Granma added. The delegation included, among others, the director of Venezuelan Civil Protection agency, General Luis Díaz Curbelo, and Vice-Minister for Housing, Nelson Rodríguez González.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.