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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 because we are proposing not to exclude anyone because we seek the unity of all America,” Lopez Obrador said during his daily press conference in Mexico City.

“We feel that there should be no confrontation. Even with disagreements, we should engage, all Americans, so we haven’t resolved this issue yet; we have a very good relationship with President Biden’s government. We want everyone to be invited. That’s Mexico’s position.” “.

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

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

However, the White House said on Tuesday that no decisions had been made following Lopez Obrador’s comments.

“We have not made a decision on who to invite, and no invitations have been issued yet,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

If Lopez Obrador relinquishes Mexico’s standing at the meeting – which is due to take place in June – it will be in great disdain for the White House and the administration of US President Joe Biden in particular, who have tried to use the summit as an opportunity. To strengthen 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 the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel And the former president Raul Castro. In Cuba, Lopez Obrador said he would insist Biden not exclude any country in the Americas from the summit.

“I am aware that there are political groups in the United States committed to confrontation, who wish to hold the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean hostage, as in the case of the embargo against Cuba, which Cuba is vigorously promoting. Politicians who have great influence in the United States,” he said. Lopez 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 must 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 representation 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 North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and is 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.