During the 22th Summit of Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held in Buenos Aires, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Felix Plasencia condemned that the United States subjects his country to permanent commercial and financial persecution.
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"The U.S. unilateral sanctions against Venezuela and other brother countries are incomprehensible amid the economic recession prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic," Plasencia said. To counteract this situation, he called on Latin American countries to strengthen their unity to defend the principles of the United Nations (UN) Charter and the CELAC Presidential Statements.
Since the region faces economic recovery challenges, the Bolivarian chancellor also urged to promote sustainable and cooperative development policies, which comply with the agreements reached to fight climate change.
To meet this objective, Plasencia urged the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) to provide CELAC with data to understand the crisis better and develop sustained economic strategies to counteract it.
He also suggested that Latin American countries strengthen trade agreements and exchanges with extra-regional partners such as the African Union (AU), Russia, India, and China.
The minister reiterated the proposal made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to create the CELAC General Secretariat, which will contribute to deepening regional exchange and reinforcing multilateralism.
Finally, Plasencia wished success for Argentina as the 2022 CELAC Pro Tempore President. "We know that this sister nation will give continuity to the CELAC founding principles and consolidate the unity of its member countries," he stated.