14:30 | Mexico City (Mexico), Sep. 18.
The President of the Republic Pedro Castillo
on Saturday called on CELAC member countries to work on agreements that allow the consolidation of democracy, food security, universal access to education, as well as the permanent fight against terrorism, the pandemic, organized crime, and corruption entrenched in States.
"We must fight for the protection of human rights, the freedoms of all peoples, gender equality, respect for indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants, among others," he expressed.
At the beginning of his presentation, the top official saluted indigenous peoples from the ethnic groups: Quechua, Aymara, Awajun, Konibo, Shipibo, as well as the "men and women who have never had a voice in the homeland."
"Today, I feel strengthened because it is the first time that I have left the country as the recently-sworn-in Head of State," he said.
Likewise, Mr. Castillo asked his peers to make the greatest effort to agree on access to international financing that is required for the recovery and reactivation of Latin American economies, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"For this reason, within the framework of the rule of law and institutionalism, we deem as necessary implementing the reforms that the country demands to reaffirm the achievements and amend the defects in the political, social, and economic structure, which have made it possible for poverty to persist, along with exclusion and lack of opportunities," he pointed out.
President Castillo highlighted Peruvian presence at the VI CELAC Summit, at an expectant moment in its history, when the bicentennial of its independence is commemorated.
"The Government that I preside over —elected by the free and sovereign will of the Peruvian people— has proposed initiating a new stage in the life of the Republic, two centuries after our independence was proclaimed, and we are working on it," he expressed.