While the press focuses on whether Pence will meet with Cuba's Raúl Castro-who has oddly been invited despite the exclusion of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro for being a dictator-attention should be on the need of a wide-ranging vision for hemispheric relations.
One can not speak about democracy and respect when someone has been uninvited, when Venezuela is not present, said Cuban Ambassador Juan Antonio Fernandez, who denounced the double standard because 'they speak about democracy, dialogue and participation, but all of us must be there'.
Senate Democrats are urging Vice President Mike Pence to use his trip to Lima to reset relations with a region where they say President Donald Trump's immigrant-bashing rhetoric is costing the US influence.
Pence spoke to Trump shortly after the president's address to the nation.
Moreno was welcomed by Peruvian Defense Minister Jose Huerta, but before returning to Ecuador, he met with President Martin Vizcarra, who traveled to the hotel where he was staying.
The United States, France and Britain were all taking part in the strikes against Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime. Loud explosions lit up the skies over the Syrian capital, Damascus, as Trump announced the airstrikes.
Quoted by the Bolivian Agency of Information, Alessandri indicated such assertion is appreciated this year with an interfering attitude shown by the exclusion of Venezuela to the eighth edition of the Summit, for having a democratic government elected by the people's will.
Cuban President Raul Castro has joined a growing list of foreign leaders skipping the Summit of the Americas.
Relations between the countries have also been strained amid mysterious sonic attacks that USA diplomats in Havana say have left them with ailments including headaches, hearing problems and concussions.
More than a dozen Latin American countries have also strongly criticized Maduro, accusing him of trampling upon democracy by sidelining the opposition and appointing a super-legislative body over the heads of the opposition-controlled National Assembly. During the meeting with four opposition leaders, Pence listened as they described their once-prosperous country devolving into chaos.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is praising a Pacific Rim trade deal that may have prompted a change of heart from U.S. President Donald Trump.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence receives a Venezuela's flag pin from Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma during a meeting at the residence of the U.S. ambassador, in Lima, Peru, Friday, April 13, 2018.
The U.S. vice president says Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship.
Ana Quintana, a senior policy analyst on Latin America and the Western Hemisphere for the Heritage Foundation, said Pence would seek to "continue the momentum" of US policy on Venezuela. He says, "We want one message to be clear: We are with the people of Venezuela".
The funding from the State Department and USAID will go to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the U.N. agency responsible for assisting refugees and displaced persons, and is meant to help Venezuelans who have fled to Brazil and Columbia.
Pence is in Lima for an global summit.
The United States remains very concerned about the struggle Venezuelan citizens face every day to meet their families' basic needs.
Richard Feinberg, a senior fellow in the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution, said it would be hard for the U.S.to make a case to become the "preferential trading partner" as Trump seeks to upend trade agreements.
Trump cancelled his trip to the summit on Tuesday, with the White House explaining that he had "to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world".
Pence will also aim to counter China's attempt to exert more economic influence in the Americas at a time when the Trump administration has been embroiled in a trade dispute with the Chinese.