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  •  Mauricio Macri and Juan Manuel Santos say they will skip the summit if Peru does not resolve its political crisis.

    Mauricio Macri and Juan Manuel Santos say they will skip the summit if Peru does not resolve its political crisis. | Photo: Reuters

Published 21 March 2018

Nicolas Maduro said he still planned to attend the multi-national event, “Rain, shine...I will arrive with the truth of the country of Simon Bolivar.”

Argentina and Colombia will not be attending the Summit of Americas if Peru’s Congress fails to solve its political problems, presidents Mauricio Macri and Juan Manuel Santos said.

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"I spoke with Santos, if things continue like this we can not go," Argentina’s Macri said of the upcoming April summit following the news of his Peruvian counterpart’s, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, resignation due to “moral incapacity”.

“We are worried about Kuczynski's situation and are looking at how his situation develops in Congress, we are very worried, and obviously if the government falls we will not travel," said Macri Tuesday, La Nacion reports.

Earlier Wednesday, Kuczynski submitted to the request of his party members to step down “for dignity,” narrowly avoiding an impeachment due to evidence supporting allegations of vote-buying 20 months ago during his presidential campaign.

His departure from Peru‘s political scene offers an opening for Venezuela to possibly rejoin the international convention planned for April 13 and 14.

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Kuczynski had sent a formal invitation to the Bolivarian administrator, President Nicolas Maduro, before revoking it last month, despite threats of boycott from Venezuelan allies such as Nicaragua and San Vincent and the Grenadines.

However, Maduro said he still planned to attend the multi-national event, “Rain, shine or lighting, by air, land, or sea, I will arrive with the truth of the country of Simon Bolivar.”

Diosdado Cabello, vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) called attention to Kuczynski's formal invitation to the Bolivarian leader, President Nicolas Maduro, before revoking it last month, despite threats of boycott from Venezuelan allies such as Nicaragua and San Vincent and the Grenadines. Kuczynski's resignation has now opened a door for Venezuela. Cabello said that with the president gone there would be no "legal power to prevent a country, a member of that multilateral organization (the Summit of Americas), from attending it."

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