PM’s tryst with 3 top LatAm socialist leaders likely

KATHMANDU, JUN 09 – Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai will be meeting at least three top socialist leaders of Latin America during the Rio plus 20 summit to be held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Several formal requests for meetings have already been made by the Office of Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the UN to countries including Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil, India and China and to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Amid calls from various quarters to not leave the country that is reeling under severe constitutional and political crises, PM Bhattarai is set to lead a jumbo team to the UN conference on sustainable development to be held on June 20-22.

Bhattarai will be meeting Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseffm, who is hosting the conference. A former Marxist guerilla-turned politician, Roussemffm represents the Workers’ Party, a centre to left party in the political orientation.

Another request has been made for a meeting with Cuban President Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz, a revolutionary leader who was a rebel commander during the 1950s. He is also the brother of Fidel Castro, another veteran leftist leader of contemporary communist ideology.

Yet another request has been made for a meeting with President of Venezuela, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías, a veteran socialist leader.

“We do not know what led to the PM to think about meeting these leaders, but it is only natural that a leftist leader wants to share his experiences and ideology with other successful socialist leaders. The recent socialist party’s victory in France has given a fresh momentum to the global socialist movement, which many experts see as a downfall of the capitalist movement,” a source close to the PM said.ANIL GIRIekantipur

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