The European Union (EU) hopes to resume the summit of heads of state and government with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-Celac) in 2023, said the bloc’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell.
“There has not been a meeting between the European Union and Latin America since 2015, and I think too much time has passed. The world has changed too much in seven years”, he said during a meeting with foreign ministers from Central America and the Caribbean (SICA-Caricom).
Borrell assured that “they prepare the ground” for a “meeting of the European Union and Latin America in the second half of 2023”, which coincides with the presidency of the bloc in charge of Spain.
“I don’t want a summit for the summit, for the ceremony, for the power, for the event, but for what it means to mobilize political energies,” he declared.
“Europe has to take Latin America more into account. If we don’t have it, it’s because, after all, it doesn’t pose any problems for us. We are more concerned about Africa, more about the Sahel, Libya, the Mediterranean, the Caucasus, the Middle East. Now the border with Russia, because that is where we have serious problems, ”she detailed.
He said he hopes to “update” relations at the institutional level. “We have commercial agreements that are in the fridge digital transformation, climate change and construction of more balanced societies,” she considered.
Although he does not have political coincidences with some countries in the region, Borrell pointed out that the EU maintains “excellent relations” with Latin America.
However, he reiterated the EU’s condemnation of the situation in Nicaragua, where President Daniel Ortega, in power since 2007, was re-elected in November last year for a fourth consecutive term, with most of his rivals and opponents imprisoned. or exiled.
“I have said it on many occasions, Nicaragua is a dictatorial regime that violates rights and freedoms and that has all the disapproval of the EU,” said Borrell.
However, he ruled out that this circumstance implies withdrawing the European diplomatic headquarters from Managua, “because it would not help maintain the contact” that Nicaraguans need.