Rep. Cook praises Peru’s rescinding Venezuela’s invitation to Summit of the Americas

By on February 16, 2018
Rep. Paul Cook

 Peru’s President Pedro Kuczynski has rescinded Venezuela’s invitation to attend the Eighth Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru on April 13 and 14 and received praise from Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8th District-Apple Valley), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Rep. Cook released a statement regarding t he matter earlier this week saying:

“I applaud President Kuczynski for his recent decision to rescind Venezuela’s invitation to April’s Summit of the Americas. The OAS Summit of the Americas is intended to involve democratic nations in the Hemisphere, and the Venezuelan dictatorship should not be rewarded with a seat at the table given its ongoing human rights abuses and most recent efforts to hold an illegitimate snap election that further undermines democratic principles. Peru’s actions should serve as an example to all democratic nations in the region, and I remain committed to working with Peru and our regional partners to restore democracy in Venezuela and promote freedom and the rule of law throughout the region.”

The Organization of American States (OAS) is the premier regional forum for political discussion, policy analysis and decision-making in Western Hemisphere affairs. The OAS brings together leaders from nations across the Americas to address hemispheric issues and opportunities.

The Summits of the Americas are institutionalized gatherings of the heads of state and government of the Western Hemisphere where leaders discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address continuing and new challenges faced in the Americas.

Rep. Cook is a member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees. He served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

California’s 8th Congressional District stretches from Mono Lake to Twentynine Palms. It consists of Inyo and Mono counties plus most of San Bernardino County including the city of Yucaipa.