Pence to outline Syrian missile strike at Latin summit

Peruvian President Calls to BuildContinental Anti-Corruption Alliance

Peruvian President Calls to BuildContinental Anti-Corruption Alliance

Pence was to leave Lima late Saturday after bilateral meetings with other leaders.

Close to a 100 delegates have, since April 8, given Cuba a voice and a face in Peru, where the 8th Summit of the Americas, and the Peoples' Summit are taking place, in addition to forums of youth, legislators, businesspeople, and civil society, prior to the high level hemispheric meeting.

Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet is presently in attendance at the Summit which will address the central theme of "Democratic Governance against Corruption".

This year's summit was one of the least attended yet, raising questions about the future of the regional gathering started in 1994 by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton. He was sworn in after Peru's congress voted to accept the resignation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after a corruption scandal.

US Vice President Mike Pence will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at the Summit of the Americas in Peru on Saturday, the vice president's Communications Director Jarrod Agen said in a statement.

Vice President Mike Pence says the USA will provide almost $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled their country during the political crisis under President Nicolas Maduro.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said that even without a formal declaration on behalf of the summit with an action plan for addressing Venezuela, he nonetheless felt the 16 nations who did sign on represent an important majority in terms of population size and economic might.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday told business leaders meeting in Peru's capital that under the right conditions the U.S. would reconsider joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite Trump's earlier decision to back away from an initial deal. That adds further tensions as the neighbors, along with Canada, work to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.


"The United States believes now is the time to do more, much more", he said. There was a vision until 2005: it was called the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

Peña Nieto, who has been involved in a hard renegotiation of NAFTA initiated by the Trump administration, portrayed Mexico as a country that had moved beyond its protectionist past to fully embrace free trade.

President Donald Trump promised to build a wall along the southern border and insisted Mexico would pay for it. Mexico has refused.

Senate Democrats are urging Vice President Mike Pence to use his trip to Lima to reset relations with a region where they say President Donald Trump's immigrant-bashing rhetoric is costing the USA influence.

Among the members of the USA delegation was Trump's daughter and adviser, Ivanka, who on Friday morning announced a new $150 million US initiative to help women in Latin America access credit for businesses.

The senators encourage Trump to drop an "America First" policy they say is divisive "and embrace instead an "Americas together" policy".

A copy of the letter was provided to The Associated Press.

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