SAN SALVADOR – Multilateralism, free and fair trade and the Paris Accord will be the three-pronged focus of the 3rd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union, scheduled for October, the EU ambassador to El Salvador, Jaume Segura, said in an interview with EFE.
The diplomat emphasized, as one of the three main elements of the summit to be held in the Salvadoran capital on Oct. 26-27, the importance of “effective multilateralism to corroborate understanding and cooperation between the regions of the world that will allow confronting the big world challenges.”
During the conclave, the CELAC and EU representatives will seek to reaffirm free and fair trade as one of the main principles for economic growth between their two regions of the world.
Segura also emphasized the need to reaffirm the blocs’ commitments to the Paris Accord to deal with issues caused by climate change, including the importance of “reducing emissions” that contribute to global warming.
El Salvador, which currently holds the CELAC pro tempore presidency, “is making a big effort to organize the summit in different areas, such as finding consensus on the texts that will be discussed with the countries of the region, transmitting them to the EU and, from there, seeking consensus.”
The European diplomat emphasized that the summit’s host nation “is working very well (with both) CELAC and the EU.”
“The fact that El Salvador was elected unanimously among all the CELAC countries to hold the presidency says a lot, given that it’s not easy for that to occur,” Segura said.
According to the envoy, El Salvador “has a great willingness to exercise leadership on the international level and is making good moves and showing the EU that there are many things that can be done, for example like contributing to fighting climate change and strengthening trade.”
Segura emphasized that the EU places “great importance on this summit,” with proof of that being the confirmed attendance of top-level European representatives, including European Council President Donald Tusk.
In addition, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, the top EU representative for foreign affairs and security policy, Federica Mogherini and the bloc’s commissioner for international cooperation and development, Neven Mimica, are slated to attend.