The undersecretary for Latin America and the Caribbean, Maximiliano Reyes Zúñiga, tweeted that 17 leaders, two vice presidents, nine foreign ministers and other top-level authorities from Latin American countries will participate.
Until this Monday, the presence of the rulers of Argentina, Alberto Fernández; Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso; Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, and Uruguay, Luis Lacalle, reported the AFP news agency.
It is expected that for the VI Celac summit, Mexico will reiterate the proposal to replace the OAS with an “autonomous” body, an initiative that López Obrador presented at the meeting of Celac foreign ministers held last July in the Mexican capital.
On that occasion, the Mexican president proposed “to build something similar to the European Union, but attached to our reality.”
“The replacement of the OAS by an autonomous body, not anyone’s lackey, but a mediator, should not be ruled out. It is a task for good diplomats,” he remarked, in open criticism of the head of the hemispheric body, the Uruguayan Luis Almagro.
A month later, at the end of August, its foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, assured that Mexico would propose a “goodbye to the OAS, in its interventionist, interventionist, hegemonic sense and that another organization that we build politically comes along, in agreement with the United States.”
Mexico holds the pro tempore presidency of Celac until December 2021.
His work plan for this year also highlights other issues such as the management of the coronavirus pandemic and the recovery of the regional economy, hard hit by the health crisis.
Made up of 33 countries, Celac emerged in 2011 with the impulse of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and other leftist leaders, who considered it necessary to replace the OAS, of which the United States and Canada are part.