Leaders of Spain, Portugal and Latin America ended the Ibero-American Summit on Friday by calling for a war on poverty and an end to the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.
"The persistence of poverty is ethically unacceptable and constitutes a potential threat to the future of our countries," said the 21-page Salvador Declaration approved by the conference.The text also focused on the widening gap between rich and poor nations, insisting on lower trade barriers, greater technology transfer and increased financing from industrialized to developing countries.
The 23 leaders also included a paragraph near the end of the declaration indirectly opposing the three-decade-old U.S. ban on trade with Cuba.
The paragraph noted that similar international gatherings have called for the elimination of economic sanctions "with political ends." It did not mention the United States or Cuba by name.
For the Cuban delegation, which was ignored at the previous two summits because of the country's human-rights record, the reference was good enough.