Mexico’s president threatens to skip Summit of the Americas unless US invites all countries

“Participation in the Los Angeles Summit has not yet been resolved because we are proposing that no one be excluded because we seek the unity of all of America,” López Obrador said during his daily press conference in Mexico City.

“We feel that there should be no confrontation. Even with the differences, we must dialogue, all Americans, so we still have to resolve this issue; we have a very good relationship with the administration of President Biden. We want everyone to be invited. That is the position of Mexico,” he added.

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

As the host country, the United States has the privilege of selecting leaders to be invited to the summit.

However, the White House said Tuesday that no decisions have been made following López Obrador’s comments.

“We have not made a decision on who will be invited and invitations have not yet been issued,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

If López Obrador renounces Mexico’s place in the meeting, which will take place in June, it would constitute a considerable snub against 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 America’s ties with the US, amid growing Chinese interaction in the region.

The Mexican president spoke back at home after a tour of Central America and Cuba, where he met with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel and former President Raúl Castro. In Cuba, López Obrador said that he would insist to Biden that no country in the Americas be excluded from the summit.
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“I am aware that there are political groups in the US that are committed to confrontation, that would like to hold the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean hostage, as is the case of the blockade against Cuba, which is highly promoted by the Cubans. . politicians who have a lot of influence in the United States,” López Obrador said.

“But I consider the blockade inappropriate, inhumane (…) an entire people cannot suffer for the interest of a group, so the United States government must decide on this because it is a human rights issue, which has to do with sovereignty. “, he added.

And he added: “If it is excluded, if not everyone is invited, a representation of the Mexican government will go, but I would not go. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard would represent me.”

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The Summit of the Americas is traditionally a meeting of countries from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and takes place every four years.

Relations between the United States and Cuba have been tense for decades, despite the fact that 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 recent dubious elections.

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