PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (ACN) -- Cuban ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Humberto Rivero, said in Port of Spain that Cuba assumed the pro-tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) committed to the consolidation of the regional bloc, to the well-being of the people of the region, and to cooperation and solidarity among its member nations.
The diplomat made his statements during an interview on February 1 with the TV Network CNMG, in which he addressed the first summit of CELAC, held in Chile, according to a news release by the Cuban embassy in Trinidad.
Rivero stressed the importance of CELAC as the first genuine Latin American and Caribbean organization that includes 33 member states. He said that the bloc is not aimed at replacing current coordination mechanisms, since its goal is to reach political, economic, social, scientific and technical consultation among the nations, and the promotion of the Latin American and Caribbean identity, based on the values of solidarity, diversity and complementariness.
Rivero said that, in response to the request by Caribbean nations and a proposal made by Trinidad and Tobago for a representative, the CELAC “Troika” has been expanded to include the country chairing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), currently Haiti, to be followed by Trinidad and Tobago in the second half of this year.