Speaking at the VII Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) in the Argentine capital, the President expressed that he felt this hope after hearing so many right words, but “the dialogue must be sincere ‘ he stressed.
“We view the events in Peru and Brazil with concern,” he said, saying that this position was expressed because the path of violence is not the path of democracy.
The head of state later reflected that a successful integration agenda for the region should be focused on concrete programs and actions that translate into real, tangible benefits for the peoples.
There are issues where the interests of all nations converge where we can clearly make progress, such as poverty alleviation and physical connectivity, he stressed. It included sustainable food production, collective response to emergencies, the Covid-19 pandemic, drought and organized crime.
Among the achievements related to integration, he mentioned the Biooceanic Corridor, an example of infrastructure works strengthening the region.
The Paraguayan President reiterated that this is a space for dialogue and asked to revitalize the culture of the meeting, after which he delivered a greeting to his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
I hope that Celac will become a space for honest debates, for integration and not for interference “so that we can talk and find a way out of the crises that threaten democracies,” he said.
“We must build a common destiny for our region, a common roadmap to connect us to the world,” suggested Abdo, whose term ends next August.