Bolivia: Americas Summit Considered US Political Instrument

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The announcement came as Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Lima Friday for the eighth Summit of the Americas - an event that draws leaders from across the region.

Quoted by the Bolivian Agency of Information, Alessandri indicated such assertion is appreciated this year with an interfering attitude shown by the exclusion of Venezuela to the eighth edition of the Summit, for having a democratic government elected by the people's will. -Mexican border. White House aides said Pence does not have any meetings planned with the Mexican delegation. In Venezuela, President Maduro has been accused of rushing through a slew of contracts with Odebrecht, while in Colombia some lawmakers have been jailed because of an Odebrecht inquiry.

Pence met with Julio Borges, a Venezuelan opposition lawmaker and former speaker of the National Assembly, David Smolansky, former mayor of the city of El Hatillo, Carlos Vecchio, political coordinator of the Popular Will party he co-founded with opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, and Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas.

Pence, in Lima for the Summit of the Americas, was whisked away from the gathering and to his hotel shortly before President Donald Trump announced retaliatory strikes in Syria for apparent chemical weapons use.

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He vowed that the Trump administration would keep up "economic and diplomatic pressure" on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The U.S. vice president says Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship.

Canadian officials have yet to officially react to the possibility of Washington joining the 11-nation trade pact, which also includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

The vice president is to sit down with several Latin American leaders, including Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra and Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

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In Lima people have called for a more independent and united American continent.

In meetings with Latin American leaders, the vice president is expected to promote good governance and democratic institutions.

Trump said on Thursday the NAFTA talks between Canada, Mexico and the USA were "coming along great" and "we're getting pretty close to a deal".

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