Havana, 28 May 2022 (TDI): Cuba hosted the 21st Summit of the heads of states of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – People’s Trade Treaty in Havana.

The President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, received the leaders and officials of the member states.

The leaders of Alliance member countries shared common development strategies and analyzed the regional political situation.

The Summit concluded with a joint 12-point declaration by the head of state. The declaration reiterated the alliance’s objectives of integration and mutual support.

Moreover, it denounced the role of the US and its interference in the politics of Latin American and Caribbean countries. The declaration further condemned the US decision to exclude three Bolivarian countries from the upcoming Summit of the Americas.

The Bolivarian Alliance held the summit before the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, USA. The US has not invited Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to the summit, the three leading nations in the Bolivarian Alliance.

Previously, an ALBA-TCP summit was held in Cuba in 2021 that focused on collective action for post-Covid19 recovery.

Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas – Peoples’ Trade Treaty

The Bolivarian Alliance is an intergovernmental regional organization in Latin America and the Caribbean seeking political and economic integration. The organization brings together socialist and social-democratic countries in the region.

Presently, there are ten full members of the organization. These countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela.

Previously, Honduras and Ecuador were also members but they terminated their membership. Moreover, full membership of Suriname is pending but the country attends the summits as a guest. In addition, the organization granted Haiti a special status as a permanent observer. Syria and Iran are also observers in the organization.

The alliance and treaty were created in 2004 as a result of an agreement between Cuba and Venezuela. The organization expanded as more nations joined the People’s Trade Treaty.

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