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Trump to attend Summit of the Americas in Peru

AFP  |  Washington 

US will travel to next month to attend the Summit of the of leaders from across the Western Hemisphere.

The decision, which a confirmed to AFP, ends speculation that sour US relations with southern neighbours may stop Trump's attendance at the meeting in on April 13-14.

spoke to host earlier this week, after which a US said his attendance had "not been confirmed."

But the now says he will attend, following a call with an old acquaintance,

During today's call, "underscored the need for countries in the region to work together to bring democracy back to the great people of Venezuela," according to the

When Trump travels to Lima, he is likely to encounter protests and perhaps a hesitant welcome from fellow heads of state and government.

Throughout his election campaign and his presidency, Trump has maligned Hispanic migrants and attacked Latin American nations over drugs, trade and the movement of people.

He has promised to build a wall on the US border with and threatened to tear up a trade deal with and

and also face the prospect of punitive tariffs on after Trump's controversial announcement yesterday.

The first Summit of the took place in in 1994, and it has long been a forum for the to influence events across the region.

Then president used the last summit, in 2015 in Panama, to meet Cuban leader for the first time and to try to isolate the Venezuelan regime.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 03:25 IST