HAVANA, May 27 (Xinhua) — The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) on Friday denounced the U.S. decision to ban some Latin American countries from participation in the Summit of the Americas in the U.S. city of Los Angeles in June.
The alliance supports the right of all countries of the continent to be invited and to participate in the event on an equal footing, and underscores that the host country of the meeting of Los Angeles has no right to impose exclusions or conditions in violation of their sovereignty and independence, the ALBA said in a declaration of its 21st summit held in the Cuban capital.
The declaration said that such a unilateral decision constituted a serious historic regression in the hemispheric relations and an outrage to the Latin American and Caribbean peoples.
ALBA also rejected the imposition of coercive unilateral measures against Venezuela and Nicaragua, and the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba in violation of the principles and purposes enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the international law.
Founded in 2004, the ALBA bloc aims to reduce Latin America’s reliance on Western aid by promoting intra-regional alliances and cooperation in key sectors such as energy and trade.