01/25/13 - Agencia de Información Nacional (Habana) - Heads of State Arrive in Chile for CELAC Summit
Heads of state and government from several countries begin to arrive in Santiago
de Chile to participate at the First Summit of the Community of Latin American
and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the First CELAC-European Union Summit.
The president of the Spanish government Mariano Rajoy arrived Thursday evening.
Rajoy is expected to meet with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.
According to the program, other heads of state to arrive in Chile over the next
hours include Colombia's Juan Manuel Santos; Uruguay's Jose Mujica; Mexico's
Enrique Pena, and Brazil Dilma Rousseff. They all are also scheduled to held
talks with the Chilean President, PL news agency reported on Friday.
On Saturday, the First CELAC-European Union Summit will open a two-day session
focusing on investment issues. This meeting will take place amidst a scenario
marked by the economic crisis hitting Europe and changes that have recently
occurred in Latin America, whose leaders are demanding relations on equal
grounds with other world blocs.
Meanwhile, the First CELAC Summit, a bloc founded December 2011 by all 33
independent Latin American and Caribbean nations, will open on Sunday and will
conclude on Monday with Cuba assuming the pro-tempore chair of the bloc.
Summit activities began on Friday with a meeting of entrepreneurs from Europe,
Latin America and the Caribbean on issues, such as investment, social inclusion
and the environment. The Architecture and Urban Planning Faculty of the
University of Chile will host the Summit of the Peoples addressing subjects,
such as sustainable development, environmental protection, the respect for
indigenous communities and social issues.
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