MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Mexico City on Friday, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said, ahead of a recently elected “pink tide” of left-wing Latin American leaders.
The socialist leader will attend a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), a regional body that former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez helped set up in 2011.
The CELAC summit will also bring together the leaders of the “pink tide” whose elections have stimulated left movements in the region.
Maduro’s arrival in Mexico comes hours after his vice president, Delcy Rodriguez, landed in Mexico City to represent Venezuela at CELAC.
Mexico has also hosted hesitant talks between Maduro’s government and the opposition in recent months. Venezuela said on Friday the opposition aimed to “sabotage” an international dialogue process between the two.
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Mexican leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will host the summit because his country, which celebrates the 200th anniversary of its independence, is the pro tempore president of CELAC.
In a demonstration of left-wing solidarity, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/cuban-leader-mexico-new-latin-america-pink-tide-summit-2021-09 -16 attended a lavish military parade on Thursday to mark the 200th anniversary of Mexico’s independence and delivered a speech thanking Mexico for offering to help amid a US blockade.
The Latin American left made its biggest strides with the first “pink tide” of socialist leaders in the early 2000s. But some of them, like Chavez and the Bolivian Evo Morales, have died or been overthrown.
(Reporting by Diego Ore; writing by Drazen Jorgic; editing by William Mallard)
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