The appointment agreed on May 3 would analyze the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, “with the aim of agreeing on a single voice on multilateral platforms,” the statement notes, which social organizations see as yet another scenario for the West — the United States and the European Union lining up in the continental backyard in their condemnation and attacks against Moscow.
Panama holds the interim presidency of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and in this invitation is adding representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), as well as organizing separate exchanges with the heads of foreign affairs of both organizations.
The upcoming secret meeting will conclude with a final declaration, about which some researchers warn that it will take place a few days before the meeting of foreign ministers and other security and/or defense authorities on immigration (April 19 and 20) with participants in attendance. Hosted by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
This new meeting also takes place before the Ninth Summit of the Americas, in Los Angeles, California, June 6-10, when a Declaration on Immigration and Protection, as announced by Blinken himself, is expected to be signed in this capital. .
The visit of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy includes official talks with the President of the Republic, Laurentino Cortizo, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Erika Moines. As well as a tour of the Panama Canal.
Regarding Borrell’s stay, the first trip to the isthmus since taking office, Moines announced that he would be received by the highest national authorities to assess bilateral relations from the country that could serve as “a bridge to crystallize the rapprochement between Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe.”
He noted that “Panama has filled the leadership vacuum in the region, with strategic approaches to urgently address valid issues such as irregular migration, post-Covid-19 recovery, climate change impacts and mitigation, and the conflict in Ukraine.” Diplomacy.
He added that the summoned ministers will review the perspectives of regional integration and the already long relationship with the European Union, as well as the repercussions of recent social conflicts in the economy of the countries participating in the event, a relationship that is still unknown.
The official note indicates that the program includes the exchange of good practices in economic recovery from the epidemic and mechanisms for contributing to the revitalization of productive sectors with a special regional impact, such as tourism.
They will also discuss the ratification of national plans to mitigate the effects of climate change, from the perspective of sustainable and equitable development.
At the initiative of Moines, the foreign ministers will prepare a joint proposal outlining common political needs and positions to position the Central American and Caribbean bloc – although not all countries are represented – as a group of influence in the international arena that will be presented to the G-20, the United Nations and other multilateral mechanisms.
The unprecedented forum is taking place just two weeks after the Asian tour of the foreign minister of Panama, during which she met with her counterparts from China, Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore, to create a new channel of communication with Southeast Asian countries. the message.
Scholars such as Academician Julio Yao believe that this appointment and the presence of Borrell will not contribute more than what is already known within the Central American Parliament (Barlassin) about the conflict between Kyiv and Moscow, in which the UN Security Council did not do its part and it is difficult for them to impose the will of Washington In her attack on Moscow, at least it will stir controversy.
For their part, popular movements such as the National Front for the Defense of Economic and Social Rights (Frenado) rejected Borrell’s visit, which they characterized as a promoter of Nazi fascism in the world.
Fernadiso warned that Borrell’s arrival in Panama is a continuation of Blinken’s recent visit with the aim of aligning the Cortizo government and foreign ministers of some countries in the region to support the war policies of NATO and the United States.
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