A statue of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel-Nasser was unveiled in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Monday.
According to the Caracas-based news website Telesur, Venezuela's vice-minister for foreign affairs in Africa, Reinaldo Bolivar, recalled during the event that former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has considered himself to be a “Nasserist,” identifying with the Egyptian leader’s pan-Arabism, pan-Africanism and his role as one of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
He further added that the unveiling of the statue comes as part of an initiative by the Venezuelan government, underway since 2005, to promote the “heroes and heroines of Africa in Venezuela through posters, books and sculptures."
“It is a reminder of the dignity…of the people, and that unity is possible," added Bolivar.
Following the unveiling, Bolivar and Egypt’s chargé d'affaires Hany Mostafa spoke at an open forum.
Abdel-Nasser one of the leaders of the 1952 revolution that overthrew the Egyptian monarchy. He was president of Egypt from 1956 until he died of a heart attack in September 1970.
His funeral in Cairo was attended by at least 5 million mourners.