Argentine Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero opened the 22nd Summit of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Friday, with a call to advance integration and strengthen dialogue to continue building a region of peace.
Welcoming his peers, the Argentine chief of diplomacy noted that this meeting aims to provide an account of the mission undertaken by Mexico, whose term as sponsored president is ending, and added that this is a time of the spread of the epidemic, but he did not. It prevented Celac from continuing to work together on variations.
Cafiero called for making progress on the task ahead, promoting dialogue and continuing to use the necessary integration tools to continue building a region in peace.
“We did not start from scratch,” he said, “we are part of a history in which many leaders left testimonies to show the world from Celak that we are proud of the culture of encounter and peace.”
Likewise, the host chancellor emphasized that “the identity of the region is not an aggregate of diverse interests, but rather a political, social, economic and cultural construct, and a rich history that we must continue to fight together until it does not stop.” He then expressed that Selak is a region par excellence for dialogue without exceptions.
When assessing his administration at the helm of this regional mechanism, Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, stressed that Celak was a reality and at this difficult time he was able to organize the production of vaccines against Covid-19, among other things. Things.
In this regard, he referred to the partnership between Mexico and Argentina to produce the AstraZeneca vaccine, the donation to several countries in the region, and the creation of their own vaccines such as those manufactured by Cuba.
Ebrad called for this task to be carried forward and noted other developments at this stage in relation to technological innovation, the birth of the University of Latin America and the Caribbean’s patent catalog, as well as the creation of a disaster and climate adaptation fund. Change and the birth of the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency.
On the other hand, he expressed his country’s support for Argentina’s efforts to find a solution to the financial pressures. “It is important for Argentina to succeed, to move forward, and not to impose constraints on its economic growth.”
Argentine president takes over Celac
Thanking the President for the unanimously declared honor by Argentina for the leadership of CELAC in 2022, the President indicated that he considers this trust an acknowledgment that his country is capable of forging dialogues and consensus.
It also means that he takes up this challenge “with the conviction of someone who believes that we are all part of a great nation, even though many would do the impossible to divide and subjugate us so easily.”
In his speech at the 22nd Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, at the San Martin Palace in the capital, Fernandez stressed that when COVID-19 began, Latin America and the Caribbean was the world’s most unequal continent.
With so much inequality, democracy seems devoid of content and is enjoyed more by those who have access to social centralization, than by those who live on the fringes of those same societies, as he noted during his presentation in which he advocated making the region not merely a geographical expression One, as well as political, economic, cultural and social.
In delving into the Selak case, Fernández emphasized that this great regional mechanism was not created to oppose someone or confront any of the existing institutions, or to interfere in the political and economic life of any country.
He said the president, who also thanked Mexico for the work done in 2021 at the head of Celac, in very difficult conditions due to the Covid-19 epidemic and crisis.
After noting that the society consisting of 33 countries, today is more vibrant and stronger than ever, the Head of State added that his country will continue this common mission, and for this, he proposes 15 goals, with different goals such as health, economic recovery, disaster risks and food security .
On the other hand, Fernandez thanked Celak for the support in his country’s negotiations on outstanding debt with the International Monetary Fund, expressed his concern on the issue of climate change and thanked the permanent support of this forum in claiming the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.
Towards the end of his speech, he emphasized that integration will only be real when the pain experienced by some of us is, as he said, “everyone and when one’s success as a whole is shared. There are no limits to integration, the search for consensus will be our primary task and respect will be our guide”, He said.
Cuba ratifies commitment to regional integration in CELAC
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Friday endorsed his country’s commitment to strengthening the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as a mechanism for a political agreement for regional integration.
The Foreign Minister, speaking at the 22nd Foreign Ministers Meeting of that Mechanism, insisted on the will to preserve the full validity and validity of the Declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean Zone of Peace.
Rodriguez also welcomed the transfer of the interim presidency of the regional bloc to Argentina and offered his country’s support to strengthen Latin American unity.
At the same time, he expressed his support and solidarity with the South American country in its demand to the International Monetary Fund to resolve fraudulent inherited debts as well as in claiming the sovereignty of the Malvinas Islands and its offshore areas.
The Minister chose to continue promoting regional and Caribbean unity and revitalizing CELAC.
In this sense, he acknowledged the role that Mexico had played at the helm of the interim presidency and its activity in the past two years.
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