CARACAS, Wednesday May 22, 2013 | Update

Maduro to attend inauguration of his Ecuadorian counterpart

The Venezuelan Foreign Office informed that the Venezuelan president would be in Ecuador on Friday

Wednesday May 22, 2013  03:47 PM
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro will attend on Friday the sworn-in ceremony of reelected Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, an official source informed on Wednesday.

It is unknown when the Venezuelan leader will travel to Ecuador, the source told EFE.

It is believed that Maduro will travel to Bolivia on Saturday. No further details have been disclosed.

According to the Ecuadorian Foreign Office, the ceremony will be attended by some 90 delegations from different countries and international organizations such as the European Union, the Arab League, the Union of South American Nations, among others.
The rock of discord

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.