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Foreign policy and diplomacy are tools to consolidate peace

Parlamentary Session / Panama  |  Table 2
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The Israeli ambassador in Panama, Gil Artzyeli was in charge of directing the second table of the Diplomatic session that was made up by Jose Manuel Bóbeda, Senator of Paraguay; Homer Menacho, Senator of Bolivia; Carlos Viteri Gualinga, Member of the Assembly of Ecuador; and Tommy Calvert, Texas County Commissioner, of the United States.

The speakers developed their presentations under the topic: Strengthening diplomacy and foreign policy to consolidate peace among nations and between nations.

"Foreign policy and parliamentary diplomacy as means of resolving conflicts for the establishment of peace," was the subject the Senator of the Republic of Paraguay, José Manuel Bóbeda’s speech.

"Paraguay absolutely respects, and does not criticize in any way the action that a determined people might have, self-determination, freedom, we vote for absolute freedom," expressed Bóbeda.


José Manuel Bóbeda
Senator of the Republic of Paraguay

Homer Menacho, Senator of Bolivia, addressed the topic, "Development of mechanisms for parliamentary dialogue to issue joint working resolutions between government, civil society, and the business community."

In his presentation, he said that diplomacy fosters bilateral and multilateral cooperation, and in addition, allows international financing and helps to avoid conflicts. 

"Governments should not only seek diplomats but peacemakers," said Menacho.


Homer Menacho
Senator of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

He added that diplomacy is the way to attract foreign investment, to resolve bilateral conflicts, to enforce human rights.

Carlos Viteri Gualinga, Member of the Assembly of Ecuador, based his lecture on "The importance of education, social justice, and equality for the promotion, maintenance of peace, and international security of nations."

He began his participation addressing the situation of indigenous peoples and considered it very important to establish an agenda of priorities in the legislative sphere, in social organization, and in the strengthening of their culture and the rights of these communities.

He mentioned that, for the security of nations, the fundamental axis is knowledge, which is culturally composed of several aspects, and is passed down from parents to children and in everyday life.

Likewise, he stated that everyone should leave this Summit with the commitment to act. "We have information, we have indicators, we have knowledge, there is technology; let us act, we have already heard valuable proposals and experiences.”

During his presentation, Tommy Calvert emphasized the need for the presence of the GEAP in the United States, for forums, media and online campaigns, to educate citizens and to seek understanding among people.

He also proposed a professional recycling program led by the government, because he believes that policies should be offered that benefit society

"Let us return to our countries most committed to work for world peace, order, and mutual respect," Calvert concluded.


Tommy Calvert
High Commissioner of the County of Texas (United States)




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