The Heat discusses CELAC conference and US-Cuba relations

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Leaders of 33 Latin American countries met in Costa Rica for pledging to reduce poverty in the region, and Raul Castro lay out his pre-conditions for normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations. 

The third gathering of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States wrapped up in San Jose, Costa Rica. The meeting was intended to focus on inequality, but two Caribbean islands and their relationship with the U.S. turned out to be the real hot topics at this summit. CCTV America’s Nitza Soledad Perez reported.

The Heat discusses CELAC conference and US-Cuba relations

The Heat discusses CELAC conference and US-Cuba relations

Leaders of 33 Latin American countries met in Costa Rica for pledging to reduce poverty in the region, and Raul Castro lay out his pre-conditions for normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations. The third gathering of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States wrapped up in San Jose, Costa Rica. The meeting was intended to focus on inequality, but two Caribbean islands and their relationship with the U.S. turned out to be the real hot topics at this summit. CCTV America's Nitza Soledad Perez reported.

CELAC member countries do not include the United States and Canada. The body is widely regarded as an alternative to the Organization of American States, which for decades excluded Cuba.

The Heat interviewed a panel of experts to discuss on this:

  • Ambassador Diego Arria, former permanent representative of Venezuela at the United Nations.
  • Margaret Myers, the director of the China and Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank based in Washington D.C.
  • Yang Zhimin, an expert on Latin Americn economy from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Diego Arria, Margaret Myers and Yang Zhimin discuss CELAC conference

Diego Arria, Margaret Myers and Yang Zhimin discuss CELAC conference

CELAC member countries do not include the United States and Canada. The body is widely regarded as an alternative to the Organization of American States, which for decades excluded Cuba. The Heat interviewed a panel of experts to discuss on this.

Cuba was the big headliner in this third gathering of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. The Heat also interviewed Hugo Cancio, a Cuban American, to discuss how people from both countries to view the latest development on U.S.-Cuba relations. He has been active in Cuban-American politics and in business activities between the U.S. and Cuba.

Cuban American Hugo Cancio discusses US-Cuba relations

Cuban American Hugo Cancio discusses US-Cuba relations

Cuba was the big headliner in this third gathering of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. The Heat also interviewed Hugo Cancio, a Cuban American, to discuss how people from both countries to view the latest development on U.S.-Cuba relations. He has been active in Cuban-American politics and in business activities between the U.S. and Cuba.