At a press conference, he maintained that the Americas range from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, that all the countries included in that geographical area are American; therefore, the 9th summit slated for June in the US city of Los Angeles should not be exclusive, he said.
He added that the host country should not choose who participates or not because they have different government styles.
Thus, he was referring to Cuba (subject to an US economic, financial and commercial blockade), Venezuela and Nicaragua.
As Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amery Browne, put it, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) upholds that it is necessary to continue advocating, at all levels, for the inclusion of these nations in the summit and added that such aspiration was discussed with American authorities.
He said that Trinidad and Tobago has been doing its part in that regard, led by Prime Minister Rowley, and they have discussed this issue with the US Special Adviser for the 9th Summit, former Senator Chris Dodd, and with a variety of other contacts within the American system.
Browne said that their position is very clear: the best decision is to agree on a Summit that is inclusive and not exclusive so that the family of nations of the Americas can sit at the table to discuss and work together on the key issues affecting all our peoples.