Venezuela and India reaffirm their commitment to strengthening economic and

Venezuela and India reaffirm their commitment to strengthening economic and energy ties

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yván Gil in an archive photo. EFE/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Caracas, January 19 (EFE). – Venezuelan Foreign Minister Yván Gil and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar reaffirmed their countries' commitment to strengthening bilateral relations on economic and energy issues during a meeting this Friday in Uganda, where the 19th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is taking place.

In a press release, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry noted that both officials also committed to working to strengthen the alliance in other “areas of mutual interest.”

Recently, India announced it would buy Venezuelan oil after the US in October eased some of its sanctions against the South American country, which was the third-largest supplier of crude to Asia in 2020.

“From Venezuela, we recognize India as one of the main powers in the emerging multipolar world,” Gil said on the social network X.

In Uganda this Friday, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister also met with his counterpart from Azerbaijan, Jeyhun Bayramov; from Sudan: Ali al Sadiq; and from Tunisia, Nabil Ammar, to whom he expressed his government's willingness to strengthen relations.

Gil also reported cooperation based on equality, diplomacy for peace, and ending blockades and unilateral economic aggression.”

During his visit to Uganda, Gil also met his Angolan counterparts, Téte António; from Tanzania, January Makamba; and from Mozambique, Verónica Macamo, as well as with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Sergei Vershinin.

The NAM opened its 19th Summit of Heads of State and Government this Friday in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, on a day marked by calls for unity among the group to demand an end to the war in the Gaza Strip.

The NAM – one of the largest international organizations in the world – consists of 53 countries in Africa, 39 in Asia, 26 in Latin America and the Caribbean and two in Europe.