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In his remarks, Pence denounced Cuba as a "tired communist regime" that impoverishes its people and denies them fundamental rights.

In the end, the statement was signed by 16 nations, fewer than half of the 35 countries that are members of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Chile's president, Sebastian Pinera, criticized the "inability of the global community" to find effective ways to "stop the use of chemical weapons against human beings", while Argentine President Mauricio Macri told the gathering that the worldwide community should keep pursuing dialogue in an attempt to avoid "an escalation of tension".

Vice President Mike Pence has congratulated Chile's Sebastian Pinera on his return to the presidency.

Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Peru for a Latin American summit at which he's expected to push a tough line on Venezuela and point to the U.S.as an ideal trading partner in the region.

The move came shortly before President Donald Trump is expected to address the US on Friday night amid anticipation of a retaliatory strike for an apparent Syrian chemical weapon attack last weekend that killed more than 40 people. How ironic that today the USA president is disfiguring the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the argument that Mexico takes unfair advantage of the United States!

Relations between the USA and Cuba have regressed after a thaw during former President Barack Obama's administration.

He has said if he's not happy with the terms, then he'll pull the USA out.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told the summit that Washington would not "cede leadership" to China in Latin America.

Maduro said that the regional summit should be a space for discussion of "the north with the south", adding that the Summit provided no conclusions, no proposals and no decisions.

Business leaders are set to convene the first meeting of the summit on Monday morning.

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 a year ago in one of his first acts as president.

Pence list comprised smoothing over differences with Mexico, America's southern neighbor, offset unease around Trump's determination to deliver troops into the border and rhetoric.

Pence says he looks forward to discussing NAFTA and a broad range of issues between the two countries.

The Summit of the Americas has lost legitimacy in the face of the peoples of the region, stated the Argentinean intellectual Atilio Boron, in an interview granted to Telesur in this capital.

"The United States of America will not stand idly by as Venezuela crumbles", Pence said in a speech.

Pence said Saturday in a meeting with Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra at the Summit of the Americas in Lima that he's grateful for Vizcarra's role in withdrawing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's invitation to the summit.

"We profoundly regret that our broth Nicolás Maduro is not sitting here with us", Morales said of his controversial political ally.

Trump cancelled his trip to the summit on Tuesday, with the White House explaining that he had "to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world". The U.S. led a missile strike in Syria earlier Saturday.

A letter written by New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez and 13 Senate colleagues says that Trump's derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants and Haiti are "damaging to critical relationships we need to promote our own national interests".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was at his hotel in Lima, Peru, when President Donald Trump announced retaliatory airstrikes in Syria for an apparent chemical weapon attack there last weekend. Although Castro never officially confirmed he would attend the summit, there were high expectations he would show to bid farewell to regional leaders as he prepares to step down in a week's time from the presidency.

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