SANTO DOMINGO – The foreign ministers and heads of delegations from the countries that make up the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) have begun arriving in Santo Domingo for their meeting this Tuesday and Wednesday.
Welcoming his colleagues and other representatives, Dominican Foreign Minister Miguel Vargas said that “we’re at a critical moment when we’re committed to making sure that the CELAC-EU forum can fulfill the important goals it has taken on to deal with our common global challenges.”
“I urge that the basic goal of this meeting prevail in all our deliberations, which is to strengthen our biregional ties so we can work together to create a better world for everyone,” Vargas said at the convention center of the Dominican Foreign Ministry, where the meeting of the two blocs will take place.
The meeting will be inauguarated Tuesday by Vargas and by the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini, at an event to be attended by Dominican President Danilo Medina.
According to the Dominican Foreign Ministry, present at the summit will be the foreign ministers of Panama, Vice President Isabel De Saint Malo; Argentina, Susana Malcorra; Chile, Heraldo Muñoz; Colombia, Maria Angela Holguin; Haiti, Perriot Delienne; and Ecuador, Guillaume Long.
Also on hand will be the foreign ministers of El Salvador, Hugo Martinez; Guatemala, Carlos Raul Morales Moscoso; Bolivia, David Choquehuanca; Belize, Wilfred Elrington; and Antigua and Barbuda, Charles Henry Fernandez, among others.
European representatives will include the foreign ministers of Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva; Latvia, Edgar Rinkevics; Poland, Witold Waszczykowski; Belgium, Didier Reynders; Slovakia, Miroslav Lajkac; Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn; and Hungary, Peter Szijjarto.
Spain will be represented by the secretary of state for the EU, Fernando Eguidazu.
Also expected are the ministers of Dominica, Francine Baron; the Bahamas, Frederick Mitchell; Barbados, Maxine McClean; Jamaica, Kamina Elizabeth Johnson Smith; Saint Kitts and Nevis, Mark Brantley; Honduras, Maria Dolores Aguero Lara; Costa Rica, Manuel Gonzalez Sanz; and Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga.
The agenda of the foreign ministers’ summit includes a meeting between the Caribbean Forum (Cariforum) and the EU to review the evolution and implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) plus a review of the future of EU cooperation with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations.
There will also be a discussion of UN Resolution 1325 on the subject of “Women, Peace and Security.”
A third parallel meeting will be a cultural and technological activity proposed by the EU entitled “Transatlantic Art and Connectivity.”