Havana. October 7, 2008
RIO DE JANEIRO, October 6.—Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Pérez Roque today saluted Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, for his initiative of convening the Latin American-Caribbean Summit, scheduled for December 16-17th, PL reports.
Speaking to the press in Copacabana while participating in the foreign ministers’ meeting prior to the Summit, Pérez Roque emphasized that it will be a historic event.
That is due to it being the first time that presidents from 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries will be meeting, he explained. He said that it is paradoxical that only now are Latin Americans and Caribbeans meeting because, to date, they have met with the participation of other regional actors.
"We hope that the objective is the beginning of a process that does not conclude with the Summit, but that takes off from there. A process toward unity, integration and cooperation among the Latin American and Caribbean countries," he affirmed. He stated that Cuba is prepared to participate in this initiative "with all energy and seriousness."
Translated by Granma International