Tuesday, October 3, 2023

“What is happening in Venezuela is not a story created by hostile governments, it is a reality”: Thomas Shannon at the 26th CAF Annual Conference

this Friday26th edition of CAF Annual Conference underway in Washington DCAn event in which the main challenges facing the Latin American region are discussed on a global stage.

Since 1997 the annual conference has been held in association with the Inter-American Dialogue and the Organization of American States. The CAF is one of the main hemispheric meetings that allows debate and analysis of major political, economic and social trends in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Regarding the agenda of this CAF edition, Topics such as pandemic resistance, climate action funding, migration, economic development, women’s economic empowerment, democratic governance and foreign policy have been on the table in Latin America and the Caribbean.

This also US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian Nichols, Juan Gonzalez, Special Assistant to President Joe Biden for the Western Hemisphere; former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla; CAF Acting President, Sergio Diaz-Granados; and Thomas Shannon, former US Assistant Secretary of State In the said meeting there are some panelists in charge of analyzing the above points.

precise, Thomas Shannon offered NTN24 an interview about the recent alliance between the President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and Nicolas Maduro, leader of the Venezuelan regime.

“First of all, congratulations to Brazil for bringing together the leaders of all South America and starting an important and necessary dialogue. As noted by the press, Lula’s words have provoked various reactions, some against what he said. , But I believe that values ​​and principles are important in our hemisphere,Shannon said.

“This is not a fiction created by hostile governments against the government of Caracas, it is a reality and it is important to understand the reality”He continued.

When asked about the sanctions imposed by the Biden administration on Venezuela, the interviewer maintained via America’s Channel: “I think the (US) administration is working to open up a space. There is a desire to remove restrictions but with action.”

Finally, Shannon spoke about the migrant crisis at the southern border of the US Union.

“They are responses to complex events that are necessary at the moment, but they do not solve the problem. The region needs economic growth, it needs opportunity and it needs a vision.she claimed.

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