Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (right) with the Ambassador of Venezuela to Namibia, H.E. Omar Berroterán Paredes.
|Story by George Sanzila
Windhoek - Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has expressed the need for the two countries of Namibia and Venezuela to strengthen their bilateral relations. Hon. Katjavivi mentioned this to the Venezuelan Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Omar Berroterán Paredes who paid him a courtesy call today (05/02/2021).
The Speaker stated that given the two countries’ historical bond it was imperative, especially during the current Covid 19 pandemic, for the two countries to reinforce the cordial relationship at various levels of cooperation in order to discuss issues of mutual interest. “There is a need to reassess our bilateral relations to look at the future, post COVID. We could also cooperate at the level of parliament”, noted Katjavivi.
H.E. Berroterán Paredes expressed the same sentiments adding that Venezuela has been contemplating creating a parliamentary friendship group with the Namibian Parliament. He further revealed that efforts for cultural exchanges between the two countries are already bearing fruits as Venezuela has accepted a request to support the youth orchestra of Namibia with further training. The latter initiative culminated from talks between Speaker Katjavivi and the Venezuela Foreign Minister, Hon. Jorge Arreaza who visited Namibia in 2019.