Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro arrived here on a surprise visit for talks with leaders of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) who were resuming their 64th summit here on Wednesday.

Maduro was treated to a red carpet welcome when he landed at the Argyle International Airport.

He was met on arrival here by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sir Louis Straker and Venezuelan diplomats based here.

Maduro, who was in Cuba attending the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America-Trade Treaty of the People, earlier this week, was expected to meet with the leaders of the OECS sub-region who were meeting here under the chairmanship of the St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris.

The OECS Commission in announcing the continuation of the summit here gave no indication that Maduro, who is facing tremendous opposition at home over his government policies, would meet with the leaders.

It said the summit here was held to conclude discussions on health insurance; strategic options for diplomatic representation; greater participation of non- independent member states; agriculture and support services (regional transport); the blue economy; and climate change and sustainable land management.

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