"I thank Panama for their support in the preparations for the next summit," said Fernando Núñez, Panama's Minister of Foreign Relations, who was elected that day to lead the Assembly's Meeting of the Summit Implementation Review Group.
The 2015 summit will be held under the theme "For sustainable development and social justice across the Americas".
During Thursday's session, Denis Moncada, head of the Nicaragua delegation, solicited to the Assembly that Cuba be included in the summit in Panama.
"We want our sister republic of Cuba to sovereignly participate in the summit, for a Summit of the Americas can not be held without Cuba's presence," asserted Moncada.
Nicaragua's request was backed by Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and the Caribbean countries that are members of the Organization of American States.
"Regarding this issue, we are clear on the decision advocated by the [deceased] commander Hugo Chávez. We fully support Nicaragua on their position for the next Summit of the Americas," affirmed Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elías Jaua.
Núñez proposed that a commission be formed to advise Panama on whether or not to include Cuba, and that it should be chaired by the Panamanian ambassador to the OAS, Alfonso Quiñónez.