Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Pence praises Peru's stand on Venezuelan crisis

The summit begins less than a month after Peru's president assumed office following the previous leader's resignation The summit begins less than a month after Peru's president assumed office following the previous leader's resignation
Lillian Steele | 17 April, 2018, 18:39

Chile's president, Sebastian Pinera, criticized the "inability of the global community" to find effective ways to "stop the use of chemical weapons against human beings", while Argentine President Mauricio Macri told the gathering that the worldwide community should keep pursuing dialogue in an attempt to avoid "an escalation of tension".

Later on, speaking in a cavernous hall of world leaders at the Summit of the Americas, " Pence expressed gratitude to Canada, Colombia as well as other states that experienced voiced support to its attack and also urged "every nation in this quadrant of liberty" to support that the military actions.

On Thursday, Trump ordered his top economic advisers to study rejoining the TPP, a multilateral trade deal he once called the "rape" of the country that he withdrew the United States from previous year in one of his first acts as president.

Organization of American States secretary general Luis Almagro told delegates the plague of corruption is not symptomatic of a flaw within democratic governance, and that nations should "fight the illness, not the system".

However, the meeting was overshadowed by US air strikes in Syria in retaliation for what Washington said was a chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The United States, France and Britain have been moving warships and aircrafts close to Syria in recent days, fuelling speculation that military action could be imminent.

Vice President Mike Pence will represent President Trump at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, on April 13-14.

Trudeau spoke at a meeting of hemispheric CEOs on Friday and celebrated the fact that several countries in the hemisphere have shared his government's vision that free trade agreements unlock tangible benefits and middle-class jobs.

Business leaders are set to convene the first meeting of the summit on Monday morning.

Mexico's president says "the door is open" for the United States to join a Pacific Rim trade deal that was initially rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Shortly after arriving Friday, Pence announced the USA would provide almost US$ 16 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuelans who are fleeing.

Pence's meeting with Pena Nieto will follow Trump's calls to send National Guard troops to the border.

US President Donald Trump - who cancelled his trip to the summit to supervise his country's response to a suspected poison gas attack in Syria - has called Maduro a "dictator" and unleashed sanctions against the Venezuelan leader and officials.

Relations between the United States and Mexico have grown increasingly fraught due to Trump's accusations that Mexico hasn't done enough to prevent illegal immigration from Central America and his insistence that Mexico should pay for the wall, and his rhetoric that Mexico has taken advantage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He learned only Tuesday he would be attending in Trump's place therefore that the president would afford the USA response to Syria.

He'll also discuss the influence of Chinese trade in the region. The Trump administration has been trying to rally support in Latin America to further isolate President Nicolas Maduro's regime and press for stricter penalties for Maduro's deepening authoritarian grip on power. He's also expected to urge Latin American allies to maintain pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

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