LIMA, Peru — The Latest on the Summit of the Americas (all times local):
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has opened the Summit of the Americas by decrying the scourge of corruption in Latin America.
Vizcarra urged Western Hemisphere leaders gathered in Lima Friday to join in adopting measures to increase transparency and boost civil society.
Corruption is a malady Peruvians know all too well: Former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski recently resigned following revelations that he’d failed to disclose payments from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht to his private consulting company.
Many of the nations attending are embroiled in their own corruption scandals.
The theme of the gathering is combatting corruption.
A small group of Cuban delegates attending the inauguration walked out when Organization of American States head Luis Almagro took the stage. They were upset over an exchange with Cuban groups protesting at an event he held Thursday.
Vice President Mike Pence says the United States stands with Venezuelans fleeing the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.
Pence said in a meeting Friday with Venezuelan opposition leaders in Lima, Peru, that “we are with you to see freedom once again.”
The vice president says Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship and has brought about “abject misery.”
Pence says he will be calling on U.S. allies to provide additional humanitarian aid during the Summit of the Americas in Lima.
Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/the-latest-peru-opens-americas-summit-decrying-corruption/2018/04/13/f339d31a-3f84-11e8-955b-7d2e19b79966_story.html
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