International cooperation: ‘We have a real, concrete, concrete plan’
International cooperation is an international phenomenon, said Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela and the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday.
“We have an opportunity to work with other countries that are on the same page, and to share the benefits that we’ve been able to achieve,” Haley said.
Canada is leading a delegation of Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela on an International Cooperation Council meeting that is expected to produce the biggest breakthroughs in the effort since Canada’s original peace agreement with the Bolivarian Revolution in 1986.
It’s an initiative that will include an assessment of the effectiveness of the United States-Venezuela trade agreement, and the possibility of an agreement on the U.S.-Venezuelan bilateral investment framework.
“And we’ll also be looking at the way that our partners can collaborate on things like climate change and climate finance,” she said.
“So, I think there’s a real concrete plan to move forward in terms of international cooperation.”
Haley said the council will be “very much in a state of flux,” but that it will produce a consensus on how to implement the U:V. trade agreement.
The two sides have been locked in a long-running trade dispute that has led to millions of dollars in damages.
Venezuelans say the U.:V. is an American-dominated business empire, while Americans say the country is in desperate need of foreign investment.
The trade dispute has pitted Venezuela’s new leader, Nicolás Maduro, against the U.-backed regime in Washington.
The U.:v. has not responded to a request for comment from CBC News.
The new council is expected later this month.