The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement (Alba-TCP) meeting yesterday March 17 inCaracas, offered its unconditional support to Venezuela and demanded that the United States government vacate the executive order issued by President Obama labeling Venezuela a threat to U.S. national security.

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Cuban President Raúl Castro Ruz reaffirmed that Cuba is closing ranks with Venezuela and Alba to confront recent interventionist actions taken by the U.S. government and that “our principles are not negotiable.”

In attendance at the Extraordinary Summit were representatives from Nicaragua, Bolivia, Dominica, Santa Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Ecuador and Haiti, who came together to denounce the arbitrary executive order sanctioning Venezuela.

The emergency meeting was convened to prepare a common position before the April Summit of the Americas, to be held in Panama, to emphasize that Latin America and the Caribbean are committed to maintaining the region as a Zone of Peace, and that aggressive diplomacy on the part of the U.S. will not be accepted.

President Maduro insisted that Venezuela is a peaceful country and that its government is ready to talk with the United States to establish respectful, friendly relations as equals, in a transparent climate.