This Friday morning, the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, was received by his Cuban counterpart and host of the ALBA-TCP Summit, at the Palace of the Revolution, in Havana.
According to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the nations will share common development strategies, analyze the regional political situation and defend the postulates of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.
The integration bloc was created in December 2004 in Havana, through the Joint Declaration and the Agreement for the Application of ALBA, by the then President of the Republic, Hugo Chávez, and the President of Cuba, Fidel Castro.
In 2021, the alliance created a Humanitarian Fund to set up the ALBA Vaccine Bank, as well as the Medicine Bank, in order to help mitigate the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.
ALBA-TCP, which brings together ten member states and three special guest countries, held its twentieth summit last December in the Cuban capital, where the XVII Anniversary of the Alliance was celebrated.
Advance to the Summit of the Americas
The meeting is especially important because it takes place prior to the IX Summit of the Americas, to be held in Los Angeles, USA, in June, whose organizers have stated their intention to exclude Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
On Thursday, summit coordinator Kevin O’Reilly told the Senate that these three countries are not invited to the meeting.
Previously, on Wednesday, the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, had already announced that “in no case” would he attend.
Neither summit, nor of the Americas
For Sasha Llorenti, executive secretary of ALBA-TCP, the meeting of heads of state organized by the United States “is not a summit, nor is it of the Americas.”
It considers it to be a failed call that failed before it was started.
He assures that the United States only intends to impose an agenda and instrumentalize it for the benefit of its interests.