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Argentine Foreign Minister highlights Celac’s role

Buenos Aires, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero described as an honor for Argentina to preside today the summit of foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), an opportunity to unite without exclusions, he said.

In an article published by the Télam news agency, the head of the Argentine diplomacy highlighted that Celac, of which 32 countries are members, “emerged from the very entrails of the Latin American and Caribbean peoples as a response to the need to unite without exclusions”.

The value of Celac, the minister said, “is that we have put aside clichés. Please, let it be well understood: it was not born to compete with anything or anyone”.

In his letter, Cafiero stressed that when in 2013 the presidents of Latin America and the Caribbean met in Santiago de Chile for the first summit, held at the highest level, they consummated an unprecedented event: it was the first time they did it.

The minister emphasized that there was Celac “because before it, integration bodies as diverse as the Andean Pact, Mercosur, the Caribbean Community or the Latin American Integration Association were created. Because we were able to become a region without wars”.

There is Celac because it is clear, and Argentina will not stop insisting on it, that Latin America and the Caribbean is also the Caribbean and Latin America. In other words, a group of equals, he remarked in his letter.

Likewise, the foreign minister stated that concepts such as dialogue or cooperation do not simply refer to the nature of this regional mechanism, which is a forum and not a bloc or a common market, and that is why it works through consensus.

In a fragmented world, dialogue is an essential tool for generating new ideas and gaining negotiating capacity. Also, naturally, to build bridges to extra-regional countries or forums, he added.

In his article, Cafiero stated that “alone we cannot find solutions related to economic recovery, health strategy, space cooperation, science and technology for social innovation, integral risk management in disaster situations and infrastructure”.


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