QUITO.— First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel reiterated Cuba’s hope that the CELAC Summit in Quito, Ecuador, opening today January 27, would strengthen regional integration and joint action.
“We are hoping for a successful Summit which strengthens integration and joint action by the countries and peoples of the region,” Díaz-Canel said upon his arrival at Quito’s international airport, where he was received by Ecuador’s Minister of Culture, Guillaume Long.
Leading the country’s delegation to the event, he reiterated Cuba’s commitment to CELAC’s foundational principles based on the promotion of unity within diversity.
Díaz-Canel conveyed a warm greeting “to the sister people of Ecuador and their government” from the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and President Raúl Castro.
The central focus of the gathering, to be attended by representatives of 33 member countries, including many heads of state and government, will be implementation of the organization’s Agenda 2020, approved during last year’s Summit in Costa Rica, which includes five basic goals: the eradication of extreme poverty and inequality; promotion of education, science and technology; the struggle against climate change; the construction of infrastructure; and financing for development.