OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Latin American and Caribbean integration is today more necessary than ever, and this concept will be one of the main priorities of the 16th ALBA-TCP Political Council meeting, meeting in Havana Thursday, December 14.

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) - which includes Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,

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Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Grenada - is looking to reinforce unity and the group's ability to conduct concerted action.

Participants are continuing along the path charted by Fidel and Chávez in defense of the American homeland and will reaffirm Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

Another focus is support for the sovereignty and self-determination of Venezuela, facing constant attacks from the opposition supported by imperialism.

CUBA-VENEZUELA INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION

Also scheduled today is the 18th meeting of the Cuba-Venezuela Intergovernmental Commission, which will evaluate collaborative efforts undertaken this year, and review plans for 2018.

The last meeting of this kind took place in Caracas, when the bilateral Commission signed agreements in the areas of economic cooperation, healthcare, culture, and sports, with efficiency and the rational use of resources emphasized.