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Vizcarra Hosts The Eighth Summit Of The Americas In Lima

Vizcarra Hosts The Eighth Summit Of The Americas In Lima

Later, the head of state took part in the "Conversation with Heads of State" together with Pizera.

Vice President Mike Pence will represent President Trump at the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, on April 13-14.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who attended the summit in Trump's place, used the opportunity to push for greater sanctions against Venezuela, saying Washington would not sit "idly by".

On Thursday, Trump ordered his top economic advisers to study rejoining the TPP, a multilateral trade deal he once called the "rape" of the country that he withdrew the United States from past year in one of his first acts as president.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders.

Vice President Mike Pence says the United States stands with Venezuelans fleeing the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

Colombia, Argentina and Chile joined the US, saying they would not recognize the legitimacy of the Venezuelan elections on May 20, in which Maduro will seek a new term.

The joint statement called on global organizations to offer support to neighboring countries to cope with the arrivals and for Maduro to allow access for humanitarian aid to his nation of 30 million people - something he has refused to do, denying there is a crisis.

On Saturday morning, Pena Nieto said he was meeting Pence "not only to talk about NAFTA, but to talk about the bilateral relationship we want to have of cooperation and mutual respect".

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The prominent political scientist was shocked by the presence at the Summit of Argentinean President Mauricio Macri, a man he said heads a government characterized by a radical incompatibility of interests in officials who are ministers and at the same time are managers of large global corporations.

Maduro was banned from the Lima gathering due to regional censure of his democratic record.

Pence is expected to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the leaders of Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Peru.

President Donald Trump has long assailed the impact of NAFTA on US workers and insisted on a new round of negotiations with Canada and Mexico on the deal.

Previous efforts to build consensus behind strongly worded condemnations of Venezuela at the OAS have run into resistance not just from Caracas' left-leaning allies such as Cuba and Bolivia, but Caribbean nations that have benefited from Venezuela's subsidized oil programmers.

Measures pledged in the document include bolstering the independence of the judiciary, encouraging the participation of the private sector in the fight against graft, protection to journalists and others investigating corruption cases, inclusion of anti-corruption clauses in business contracts and stepping up the fight against money laundering. But he called on the region to take a harder line on Maduro's government, a message he intends to deliver in Brazil next month.

The United States, France and Britain were all taking part in the strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, among others, repudiated Syria's use of chemical weapons but expressed caution at escalating the situation following the US attacks on Damascus. "It's time to find permanent solutions based on global law to a war that has been going for far too long and ended too many lives".