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Venezuela and Cuba started on Friday their 9th joint meeting aimed at discussing 311 cooperation projects for 2009 on industrial development, agriculture, education, health, sports and telecommunications.

Addressing the forum in Caracas, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro highlighted the use of such integration mechanism based on real unity.

Maduro stated that the Cuba-Venezuela process was dreamt by independent leaders from both countries, Jose Marti and Simon Bolivar, who fought for the union of the Latin American and Caribbean republics.

The Venezuelan official also talked of threats due to the current world financial crisis and to maintain the rhythm of programs for the industrial, technological and social development, among others.

Cuba´s Council of Ministers vice president Ricardo Cabrisas said that since the signing of the comprehensive cooperation accord between Cuba and Venezuela on October 30, 2003 by Presidents Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, both nations have received economic and social benefits from each other.

Source: CubaSi

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