Although the United States recognizes Juan Guaidó As president in charge of Venezuela, the opposition leader was not invited to the continental meeting, since not all the representatives of the different Latin American governments that will attend have the same opinion.
Julio Borges, former Commissioner of Foreign Relations for the interim, affirmed that the decision of the United States to exclude Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua from the Summit of the Americas was a correct decision, since he believes that in the regional forum Latin American democracies should unite with prosperity, which is not the case in those three countries. However, he criticized the positions of Mexico and Argentina, who attended the event, since they have come out in defense of those regimes.
In an article published in Colombia’s El Espectador, Borges commented that this meeting is taking place at a time when the continent is besieged “by the authoritarian germ, (…) where the Latin American and Caribbean union has merged and now we are witnessing a of ideological struggles; where the size of the threat posed by the presence of actors with anti-Western agendas and war projects on our soil is not clearly understood”. It is precisely those “evils” that the Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan governments represent for him, which were left out because they are an expression of what it means to “subvert the democratic order,” he pointed out.
In that sense, he commented that it is necessary not to forget the Venezuelan crisis within the agenda of the summit. This is because, in his opinion, Venezuelan migration will continue to deepen and initiate the development of the rest of the countries in the region. He also stressed that “problems such as drug trafficking, organized crime and authoritarianism will not be alleviated until a democratic solution is achieved for our country.”
The summit, which aims to “facilitate a broad regional conversation”, even before it began, has been controversial due to the refusal of the Biden government to invite Nicolas Maduro, Miguel Díaz Canel (president of Cuba) and Daniel Ortega (the Nicaraguan president). In fact, not even the Venezuelan internship was invited.
The White House adviser for Latin America, Juan González, reported on Wednesday, June 1, that although the United States recognizes Juan Guaidó as president in charge of Venezuela, he would not be invited to the summit, since not all those invited to the continental meeting think the same.
Despite the setbacks, the North American country, which is the host, hopes that the meeting will have good attendance and that regional projects in the areas of health, clean energy, climate change, democracy and digitalization will be agreed upon.