OPEC chief visits Venezuela to strengthen bilateral relations
OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo traveled to Venezuela to strengthen bilateral relations between the rich South American oil-producing country, which is one of 13 countries that make up the Organization of Oil Exporting Countries. oil (OPEC).
“We had the opportunity to greet our great friend, Mohammed Barkindo, Secretary General of OPEC, who is carrying out a work program in our country, together with our Minister of Tourism, Ali Ernesto Padrón, and the Ambassador from Nigeria to Venezuela, Olorundare. Phillip Awoniyi,” Foreign Minister Félix Plasencia said on his Twitter account.
Barkindo, arrived in Venezuela to “strengthen the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation” with the nation, where he was escorted by Tourism Minister Ali Padrón.
Barkindo first met with Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami on Friday to further develop the “ties of brotherhood and cooperation between the nation and the international entity”, according to TeleSur, a Venezuelan state agency.
Upon his arrival in Venezuela, Barkindo was greeted by Minister of People’s Power for Agriculture and Land Wilmer Castro Soteldo and Minister of Science and Technology Gabriela Jiménez.
Plasencia also reported informing that Barkindo’s visit was to express his sincere gratitude to President Nicolás Maduro and the Venezuelan people for all the support received during his tenure, which ends next August when he will be replaced by Haitham al Ghais.
Venezuelan oil production closed the first quarter of 2022 at 756,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd), down 7% from the fourth quarter of 2021 (817,000 bpd), according to the country’s authorities filing at the OPEC.
With the current crisis with Russia and Ukraine, all other moves in the world regarding oil production and distribution could prove to be of strategic importance for the region and the world, according to various analysts.