READOUT: Chairman Cook Leads Congressional Delegation to the Summit of the Americas in Peru
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Paul Cook (CA-08), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, led an official Congressional Delegation to the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru from April 13-16. The delegation met with the presidents of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru and the foreign ministers of Chile and the CARICOM countries. The delegation also met with Acting Head of the OAS Mission of Support Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) Ana María Calderon, civil society leaders from Cuba and Venezuela, and members of the U.S. private sector. Following the Summit, the delegation visited Pucallpa, Peru to observe U.S.-supported efforts on manual coca eradication and alternative crop development.
Chairman Cook on the visit to Peru: “The visit of nine bipartisan Members of Congress underscores U.S. commitment to stronger engagement with the Western Hemisphere. In every meeting, we emphasized the need to work together to address the Venezuela crisis and systemic corruption plaguing the region. We also reaffirmed our desire to increase U.S. cooperation with our Latin American and Caribbean partners and raised important defense, energy, trade, and business issues while urging countries to do more to address human trafficking and combat criminal groups that threaten regional stability. I commend President Vizcarra for bringing regional leaders together to commit to the Lima Convention’s 57 action points to address corruption and for maintaining a strong position on Venezuela with the Venezuela resolution, signed by 16 governments in the region.
“I hope we will see even more leadership from our partners to strengthen anti-corruption efforts and democratic governance in the region. Our conversations with brave Cuban and Venezuelan civil society leaders further reinforced our desire to see democratic governments in those countries, and I strongly condemn the Cuban regime for blocking the travel of certain dissidents to the Summit. Venezuela will require more action in the days ahead, and I urge countries to implement sanctions and visa bans on the Maduro regime, develop a regional humanitarian response plan, and coordinate a joint, unified withdrawal of ambassadors from Caracas until we see democracy restored. I fully support Vice President Pence’s announcement of an additional $16 million to assist Venezuelan refugees and the U.S. bid to host the next Summit in 2021, and I look forward to working with the Trump Administration and our partners on these issues in the months ahead.”
U.S. Congressional Delegation to Peru:
- Chairman Paul Cook (CA-08)
- Representative Gregory Meeks (NY-05)
- Representative Ann Wagner (MO-02)
- Representative Norma Torres (CA-35)
- Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08)
- Representative Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)
- Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-01)
- Representative Pete Aguilar (CA-31)
- Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Photos from the Trip:
Delegation meets with President of Brazil Michel Temer
Delegation meets with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos
Delegation meets with President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís
Delegation meets with President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernández
Delegation meets with President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto
Delegation meets with President of Peru Martín Vizcarra
Delegation meets with the Foreign Minister of Chile Roberto Ampuero
Delegation meets with Foreign Ministers of CARICOM Countries (Haiti, Belize, Barbados, Grenada, Bahamas, Suriname, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad, Guyana, Jamaica, Dominica, and St. Lucia attended)
Delegation visits Pucallpa to observe U.S.-supported efforts on manual coca eradication and alternative crop development.