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"This objective becomes very relevant nowadays because of the current international economic crisis, of which developing countries are the greatest victims,” diplomat Benitez said.
On Friday, Rodolfo Benitez, the Multilateral Affairs director of the Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry, called to boost inclusive cooperation between Latin American countries during the 28th Ibero-American Summit in the Dominican Republic.
“Latin American countries have the responsibility to achieve progress in inclusive cooperation, the fundamental reason and essence of the Ibero-American Conference," Benitez said, stressing that Cuba will work to achieve this objective once it assumes the presidency of the Group of 77 plus China this year.
"This objective becomes very relevant nowadays because of the current international economic crisis, of which developing countries are the greatest victims,” he pointed out.
Under the slogan "Together for a Fair and Sustainable Ibero-America," the 28th Ibero-American Summit seeks to foster discussions regarding food security, environment protection, and digital and international rights.
"We appreciate the valuable support of Latin American countries to our claim to end the U.S. blockade against Cuba and exclude our country from the U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism," Benitez said.
This year’s Ibero-American Summit will be the first meeting of the Ibero-American Conference to be held fully face-to-face after the COVID-19 pandemic since the 27th Summit, which took place in Andorra on April 2021, had a hybrid model.
Presidents Gustavo Petro (Colombia), Gabriel Boric (Chile), Luis Lacalle (Uruguay), and Alberto Fernandez (Argentina) confirmed their participation in the Summit. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will not be able to attend it since he must make an official visit to China.
During a meeting in Bogota, Colombian President Gustavo Petro asked U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that Cuba be removed from the list of "States Sponsors of Terrorism." pic.twitter.com/GeWVSaTA8o