ALBA Pledges Solidarity with Venezuela at 14th Summit

Heads of the regional bloc’s 11 member countries denounced “imperialism’s new onslaught” across the region whose principal target they identified as Venezuela.

“The defense of Venezuela and its revolution is not the exclusive problem of Venezuelans. It is the cause that brings together all of us who fight for the true independence of Latin America and the Caribbean,” reads the summit’s final declaration.

In particular, the allied leftist governments condemned the latest US sanctions targeting Venezuelan Vice-President Tareck El Aissami alongside the outgoing Obama administration’s renewal of an executive decree labeling Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to US national security.

During the summit, the ALBA nations also commemorated the four-year anniversary of the death of former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez together with the four-month anniversary of the death of Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, honoring both men as “our founders,…