Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosted some of Africa’s longest-serving leaders at a sleek Caribbean resort on Saturday for a summit he says will help end
High-profile guests included
Chavez has governed for just over 10 years and makes no bones about his aim to stay in office for decades more while he works to turn
He said the two-day meeting of African and South American leaders, which also includes many recently elected presidents, would help the mainly poor nations build stronger trade ties and rely less on Europe and the United States.
Chavez said Europe and the
“We are going to create two great poles of power,” Chavez told reporters at the luxury Hilton resort on
The presidents of
Some analysts say the developing economies of
The leaders at the summit were likely to agree on supporting stronger links between the two continents and calling for reform of global institutions like the United Nations and World Bank to give poor countries more clout.
Gaddafi, whose entourage arrived in two matching Airbus passenger jets and pitched a large Bedouin tent beside the Hilton’s pool, on Wednesday told the United Nations that big powers had betrayed the U.N. charter with their vetoes and sanctions.
King Mswati III of
In total, 28 African and South American leaders were expected to be present by Saturday afternoon.
Chavez seems to be going all out to provoke his foes.
Chavez says he opposes nuclear weapons, but that the developed world does not have the right to stop other countries from developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
A major oil exporter,
Chavez promised this month to build a refinery in