In a protocol ceremony held at the Department of State, the Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic, Roberto Álvarez, officially received the presidency of the Summit of the Americas from U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Brian Nichols. This presidency marks a milestone in Dominican diplomacy and underscores the country’s growing role in hemispheric affairs.
The Summit of the Americas is the main forum for dialogue and political cooperation among the countries of the Western Hemisphere. Since its first edition in 1994, it has served as a platform for leaders of the Americas to address the region’s most pressing challenges, from economic development and environmental sustainability to the promotion of democracy and human rights.
Foreign Minister Alvarez reiterated the country’s commitment to organizing an inclusive and effective summit that not only addresses current issues of regional concern, but also sets a proactive path forward. “Receiving the presidency of the Summit of the Americas is a great honor and a responsibility that we assume with the utmost commitment. We intend to build on the solid foundations left by our predecessors and work tirelessly to ensure that the 2025 Summit is a reflection of the aspirations and will of all the peoples of the Americas,” said the Dominican minister.
Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez was accompanied by Dominican Ambassador to the Organization of American States (OAS) and Deputy National Summit Coordinator, Josué Fiallo; Deputy Minister, Hugo Rivera; Director of Strategic Studies and Analysis, Anselmo Muñiz; as well as a group of prominent Dominican businessmen in various sectors: Frank Rainieri, Félix García, Edwin de los Santos, Rolando González Bunster, Roberto Herrera, Manuel Estrella and Pedro Estrella. This group represents the diversity and commitment of the Dominican Republic’s public and private sectors to strengthening regional collaboration and integration.
The handover of the Summit presidency is a testament to the international recognition of the Dominican Republic as a key player in the region and reinforces its image as a country committed to multilateralism and inter-American cooperation.
The X Summit of the Americas, to be held in the country in 2025, is a privileged forum to address the main multilateral issues of the region. The Dominican Republic is committed to continue strengthening the constructive dialogue and promoting the creation of an inclusive agenda, incorporating the proposals of the member countries and all the actors participating in this Summit.