Venezuela hails 15 years of co-op social program with Cuba

In presence of a dozen Cuban diplomats, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro highlighted on Oct. 30 in Caracas the achievements of a cooperative program of education, medical and oil supply between the two nations.

The program was initiated15 years ago by former country leaders Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.

(Soundbite) Nicolas Maduro, Venezuelan President
“And I can say, 15 years on, to tell our Commander Hugo Chavez, wherever he is, and Fidel Castro in Havana, the mission has been accomplished. Fifteen years after your orders, we have built a new path of brotherhood, cooperation and happiness for our people.”

Under the program, over 200,000 Cuban professionals have worked for Venezuela in the past 15 years in the sectors of health and education.

In return, Havana received about 100,000 barrels of oil on daily from Caracas free of charge.

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