Nicolás Maduro arrives in Cuba
The Venezuelan Vice-President reported on his trip to Havana on Friday, during a meeting of the Housing Higher Committee in Caracas. He was welcomed at the José Martí international airport in Havana by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez. Electricity Minister Héctor Navarro was appointed as the acting vice-president of Venezuela
Maduro was welcomed at the José Martí international airport in Havana by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, the official agency said.
Maduro reported on his trip to Havana on Friday, during a meeting of the Housing Higher Committee in Caracas. "In a few hours I have to travel to Havana to visit him (President Hugo Chávez) again, as we have been doing."
Maduro added that the members of Chávez's "political team" who have visited the Venezuelan president in Havana include Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello, Solicitor General Cilia Flores, Minister of Science and Technology Jorge Arreaza and Adán Chávez, the reelected governor of Barinas state.
Maduro announced that he appointed Electricity Minister Héctor Navarro as acting vice-president.
Chávez has been in Cuba from early December 2012, as he is recovering from a cancer operation.
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.