Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, arrived in Lima, April 13, were the Eighth Summit of the Americas is scheduled to be inaugurated later this afternoon.
This is the second time Cuba is participating in the hemispheric event, after it was invited to attend the seventh edition in Panama in 2015.
Following pressure from Washington, the island was excluded from the first six editions of the summit, which was launched in Miami, in 1994.
Cuba’s eventual inclusion in the hemispheric gathering came after Latin American and Caribbean countries threatened to boycott future events if the island was not invited.
This year Venezuela was excluded from the Summit as part of attacks and attempts by Washington to destabilize the country.