Bolivia: Americas Summit Considered US Political Instrument

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence receives a Venezuela's flag pin from Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma during a meeting at the residence of the U.S. ambassador, in Lima, Peru, Friday, April 13, 2018.

The deputy Minister of Coordination with Social Movements of Bolivia Jose Maria Alessandri, considered the Summit of the Americas since its creation became an instrument of U.S, policy, local media reflect today.

Today, the United States announced almost $16 million in humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the crisis there.

The funds would help women gain "access to capital, work and opportunities", she said at a pre-summit business event attended by dozens of Peruvian women entrepreneurs.

The vice president says Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship and has brought about "abject misery". In addition to Pena Nieto, Pence is also planning to meet in Lima with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"We want one message to be clear: We are with the people of Venezuela", Pence said at the USA ambassador's residence, seated with a group of Venezuelan opposition leaders.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has met with a Cuban opposition leader along the sidelines of an worldwide summit in Peru.

Richard PenceWhy the Summit of the Americas is better off without Trump US needs to respect Latin American leadership on Venezuela crisis Pence endorses challenger in Texas congressional primary runoff MORE on Friday pledged almost $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled a deepening economic and political crisis in the country. Although Castro never officially confirmed he would attend the summit, there were high expectations he would show to bid farewell to regional leaders as he prepares to step down in a week's time from the presidency. The Summit of the Americas intends to continue strengthening the bonds which unite the area; and which may turn the continent into one of the most important markets in the world, by affording stability to the region, and furthering the development of growing markets.

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. During the meeting with four opposition leaders, Pence listened as they described their once-prosperous country devolving into chaos.

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