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“I am here for him,” Maduro said on the tarmac at José Martí International Airport, where he was received by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Venezuelan ambassador in Cuba, Alí Rodríguez Araque.Maduro recalled that Chávez, on the request of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, was one of the initiators of the peace talks in Havana, convened to put an end to a 50-year long armed conflict.

“The diplomacy of peace must be mark this historical time,” he said after congratulating the Colombian people, President Santos, and the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces-People’s Army (FARC-EP), for the progress made over the last few months, adding, “Colombia’s peace is everyone’s peace.”

Venezuela serves as an accompanying country to the peace talks, along with Chile, while Norway and Cuba are the guarantors.