Chile defends Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela participation in Summit of the Americas

This content was published on May 15, 2022 – 21:26

Santiago de Chile, May 15 (EFE). – Chilean Foreign Minister Antonia Origola confirmed on Sunday that she supports the participation of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in the Summit of the Americas, adding that “the exclusion has not led to results in recent years.” in terms of human rights.”

“Everyone knows what is the position of the president (progressive Gabriel Borek) regarding the human rights situation in those countries, and also the position of my country. But what we have been insisting on in bilateral talks (…) is that I hope this is the case,” the chancellor said in an interview with a newspaper. La Terceira “widest possible peak”.

The US State Department, the country that will host the continental event in June, confirmed last week that it had ruled out inviting Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to attend the Summit of the Americas, saying they “disrespect” democracy.

But White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that invitations had not yet been sent because “there is no final decision.”

According to the Chilean foreign minister, regardless of the differences and even beliefs that may exist in the field of human rights, “Post-pandemic, with the economic crisis, is also a time when there is scope for dialogue that transcends differences.”

Origola clarified that Chile’s attendance at the forum would not be subject to the participation of these countries, as Mexico expressed, adding that he hoped many other heads of state would not fail to attend if that was the case.

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“The region is very fragmented, it’s becoming polarized, and in a way, under President (of the United States) Biden, it’s going to be important to be able to speak beyond the differences,” he said.

At the summit, the foreign minister said Borek, a former left-wing student leader who has repeatedly denounced human rights abuses committed in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, will work at the summit to foster new leadership.

His discourse, specifically, in terms of the value of democracy and human rights, is “a new discourse left of Latin America,” he said.

The Summit of the Americas, the main diplomatic forum for the American continent, will be held in Los Angeles (California) from June 6-10, the first time organized by the United States since the first edition, in 1994. EFE

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