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Diplomats pray for Chavez

KINGSTON — As the world awaits further news on the health of Venezuela President Hugo Ch?vez, representatives of the governments of Jamaica and Venezuela and a throng of other diplomats gathered yesterday at the Grace Missionary Church in Kingston to offer prayers on his behalf.

Ch?vez, who is to be sworn in as president for another term, is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, who was present at the church service, used the occasion to highlight the long-standing relationship between Jamaica and Venezuela.

“In times of great economic challenges, Venezuela stood firmly with Jamaica and gave us great assistance through the PetroCaribe programme. And so, I am here to join with the officials and the government of Venezuela, our ambassadors representing other countries, and I would like to say to you that for (God), nothing is impossible,” Simpson Miller said.

The prime minister added that over the years successive governments of Venezuela have always paid special attention to Jamaica because of the connection with their liberator, Sim??n Bol??var.

“(Sim??n) Bol??var spent some time in Kingston, Jamaica, and that’s where he wrote the famous letter pleading for peace in the Americas,” Simpson Miller noted.

In the meantime, Venezuela’s vice-minister of foreign affairs, Temir Porras, who was also present, said he was overwhelmed by the “amount of love and solidarity” being extended to his president.

Commenting on Ch?vez’s Christian faith, Porras said he has exemplified his faith through his willingness to help the people of the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

“President Ch?vez has lived as a Christian who shares with the people of Latin America, the people of the Caribbean, and the people of the world, but specifically, also with our brothers and sisters of Jamaica,” Porras said. (Gleaner)

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