Mexico’s president threatens to skip Summit of the Americas unless the United States invites every country

Mexico's president threatens to skip Summit of the Americas unless the United States invites every country

“The participation in the Los Angeles summit has not yet been resolved, as we are proposing that no one be left out as we seek all-America unity,” Lopez Obrador said during his daily press conference in Mexico City.

We think there should be no confrontation. Even in disagreements, we need to involve all Americans, so we haven’t solved that problem yet; We have a good relationship with the Biden administration. We want everyone to be invited. Mexico’s position.” †

US officials have repeatedly said that the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela will not be invited to the summit because of: human rights issues.

As the host nation, the United States has the privilege of electing leaders to invite to the summit.

But the White House said on Tuesday that no decisions had been made after Lopez Obrador’s comments.

“We haven’t made a decision yet on who to invite, and we haven’t sent out invitations,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

If Lopez Obrador abandons Mexico’s position at the meeting – which will take place in June – it will be with great disdain for the White House and especially the administration of US President Joe Biden, who has tried to use the summit as an opportunity. Strengthening Latin American relations with the United States, amid increasing Chinese interaction in the region.

The Mexican President spoke at home After touring Central America and Cuba, where he met Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and former President Raul Castro. In Cuba, Lopez Obrador said he would insist that Biden not exclude any country in America from the top.

“I am aware that there are political groups in the United States committed to confrontation, who want to take the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean hostage, as in the case of the embargo against Cuba, which Cuba is vigorously promoting. Politicians with great influence in the United States. López Obrador.

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“But I consider the blockade to be inappropriate and inhumane (…) an entire people cannot suffer for the good of a group, so the United States government has to decide that because it is a matter of human rights, which has to do with sovereignty,” he added.

He added: “If we exclude, if not everyone is invited, a representative of the Mexican government will go, but I will not go. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will represent me.”

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The Summit of the Americas is traditionally a gathering of the countries of the Americas, the Americas and the Caribbean, held every four years.

Relations between the United States and Cuba have been tense for decades, although the two countries held their first high-level talks in four years in April.

Nicaragua and Venezuela are on bad terms with Washington after an extensive list of sanctions against their governments and questionable recent elections.

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