Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said in Havana that Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández are called upon to lead “a new progressive front” in Latin America and the Caribbean.
La declaración final del Encuentro Antiimperialista de Solidaridad por la Democracia y contra el Neoliberalismo, recoge el entusiasmo, la esperanza y la fuerza, presente en este momento histórico en el que los pueblos luchan por construir una alternativa a la dominación imperial. pic.twitter.com/dz0BbQm0LL
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) November 4, 2019
Speaking to left-wing representatives from 96 countries, Maduro called for López Obrador and Fernández to follow the political trajectory, because in his opinion “they are going to play a key role” in the hemisphere. He quoted both leaders saying that “a new geopolitical configuration is emerging in the region” after a sustained neoliberal boom.
“A second front rises brightly on the horizon of Latin America, is the progressive front headed by two leaders who will play a decisive role in the coming years, the president of Mexico, López Obrador and the president-elect of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, a progressive front, advanced, anti-neo-liberal”.
He also referred to the “ignorance” about his government by the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, and said that “no moron is going to separate the Venezuelan and Salvadoran people. It is shameful to see how a person who came to the presidency as a hope is disfigured and melted in the face of imperialism,” the Venezuelan president added.
Maduro preceded Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in the closing session of a so-called “Anti-Imperialist Encounter of Solidarity for Democracy and against Neoliberalism”.
For his part, Díaz-Canel affirmed that “it is a colossal and ridiculous lie” to accuse his country of the popular uprisings in Chile. “The first enemy to be overthrown by the peoples is the lie, and even more so the imperialist lie,” added the Cuban leader. “With lies they separated Cuba from its natural environment (in the 1960s), with lies they attacked Iraq and Libya, and they have turned Syria into an armament testing ground; with colossal and ridiculous lies they accuse Cuba and Venezuela of the uprisings in Chile,” he said. The meeting of left-wing forces began on Friday and laid out a roadmap for confronting the U.S.
The Yucatan Times