Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has delivered a diplomatic note to the US Embassy in Venezuela to officially express the country’s condolences to the people of the United States of America affected by Hurricane Katrina.
A MRE press release adds that Venezuela reiterates, and formalize, an offer made by President Hugo Chavez Frias to send fuel and humanitarian aid to alleviate the effects of the natural disaster as a show of solidarity with victims, who face troubled times and the loss of loved ones and possessions.
The Ministry has also informed the US Embassy that Venezuela has offered Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco aid in the immediate form of US$1 million cash and 120 specialists in First Aid and search & rescue from the ‘Simon Bolivar’ Humanitarian Response Team coordinated via Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) US subsidiary CITGO.
The text of the Diplomatic Note reads as follows:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends its greetings to the Honorable Embassy of the United States of America in the opportunity to express its deepest condolences for the disaster resulting from Hurricane Katrina, that which has affected vast regions of the southern United States, notably the states of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi, and caused a terrible loss of human life and incalculable material damages.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to express to the Honorable Embassy of the United States its deepest feelings of solidarity with the families of the victims, who during these difficult times face a difficult situation and the loss of loved ones and possessions. The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela would like to reiterate the offer made by President Hugo Chavez Frias of fuel and humanitarian aid to help alleviate the consequences of this disaster, especially during a time when the crisis is aggravated by damages to oil installations in the Gulf of Mexico and the southern United States.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to communicate to the Honorable Embassy of the United States that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has offered the Governor of the State of Louisiana, Ms. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, immediate aid of $1 million; 120 specialists in First Aid and search and rescue, part of the “Simon Bolivar” Humanitarian Response Team, an internationally recognized disaster relief unit; two mobile hospitals with a capacity of 150 people each at a time; ten water purification stations; eight electric generators, each with a capacity of 850 kilowatts; 20 tons of drinking water; 50 tons of canned food; and 5,000 blankets. The offer will be made available in immediate fashion, should the Government of the United States choose to accept it, through the CITGO Corporation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes the opportunity to reiterate to the Honorable Embassy of the United States of America its considerations of the highest esteem and regard.
Caracas, August 31, 2005