Pence at Peru hotel during Trump speech on Syria

The summit begins less than a month after Peru's president assumed office following the previous leader's resignation

Despite Trump's absence, US officials sought to use the summit to counter China's rising influence in Latin America and condemn Venezuela's government.

Pence urged Maduro to accept humanitarian aid as the once-prosperous nation deals with humanitarian and economic crises.

Seated alongside Trudeau, Pence said there was a "real possibility" the USA could reach a deal with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA "within the next several weeks".

"It has to be said with complete clarity, the principal threat against democracy, against peace, against freedom, against Mother Earth, and against multilateralism, is the government of the United States", Morales said.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised the prospect in February that this could be broadened to restrict Venezuela's exports of crude oil and its imports of U.S. refined products. However he called upon the region to take a tougher line on Maduro's government, a message he plans to send at Brazil next 30 days.

He was meeting with Venezuelan opposition leaders.

"The Lima Summit was the beginning of the end of the Summit of the Americas", he added from the presidential palace in Caracas where he had met with Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Cuba's president, Raul Castro, who is expected to step down later this month, did not attend the summit.

Bolivia and Cuba criticized Peru's decision not to invite Maduro, attributing it to US pressure.

Cuba's foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, was a prominent exception.

A drop in oil prices and quadruple-digit inflation have contributed to an economic crisis in the oil-producing country with a leftist regime, pushing hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans to migrate to Colombia and elsewhere.

A letter written by New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez and 13 Senate colleagues says that Trump's derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants and Haiti are "damaging to critical relationships we need to promote our own national interests".

Macri himself, he recalled, appears on the Panama and Bahamas papers, and he is here now to teach lessons on how to fight corruption to Venezuela, which is why I believe that the Summit of the Americas has completely deflated.

Vizcarra took office in March after the resignation of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who was about to face an impeachment vote over his relations with the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Vice President Mike Pence says the topic of funding President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall did not come up in his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto at an worldwide summit in Peru.

The two did not discuss the funding of a border wall planned by Trump, which he wants Mexico to pay for.

Pence list comprised smoothing over differences with Mexico, America's southern neighbor, offset unease around Trump's determination to deliver troops into the border and rhetoric. How ironic that today the USA president is disfiguring the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the argument that Mexico takes unfair advantage of the United States! He said Cuba's government "energetically rejects the attack perpetrated by the United States", which he described as "unilateral, illegal and without evidence", and added that it "constitutes a flagrant violation of the principles of worldwide law". Trump has long assailed the trade deal's impact on USA workers and threatened to pull the US out if he's unhappy with the terms.

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