The US envoy, Christopher Dodd, hopes that Argentina will have an “active role” in the Summit of the Americas while López Obrador defines whether or not he will go this Friday
After having said that it would participate in the Summit of the Americas despite the United States stating its intention to invite those countries that defend democracy, excluding Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela outright – a position that was ratified once again by the organizers-, the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, is doubtful about going to the meeting.
His spokesperson, Gabriela Cerruti, said that the US invitation has already reached the Casa Rosada to participate in the Summit of the Americas but that Fernández will analyze “in the coming days” whether or not he will go to the meeting, specifying the role he has played. Fernández as president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which has advocated for greater inclusion.
(Gabriela Cerruti indicates it from 7:50)
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Both Fernández and his foreign minister, Santiago Cafiero, take this policy of inclusion to Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to the Summit of the Americas. In fact, during his meeting on Thursday with his Mexican counterpart, Marcelo Ebrad, the head of Argentina’s foreign diplomacy called on the US not to exclude anyone from the event.
“Argentina’s position is clear. Argentina, also holding the ‘pro tempore’ presidency of CELAC, has been highlighting the need for a summit without exclusions”, said Foreign Minister Cafiero.
In contrast, the special adviser to the White House for the meeting in Los Angeles, Cristopher Dodd, expressed that he hopes that Argentina will be an “active participant” in the summit; after meeting with Fernandez.
“President Biden asked me, in my role as White House special advisor for the Summit of the Americas, to meet with leaders from across the region, including Argentina, to collaborate on our positive agenda for the summit,” he said. Dodd in statements released by the United States embassy in Buenos Aires.
And the one who has maintained the sustained accent on the subject of the Summit of the Americas has been the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He was the first to condition his presence at the aforementioned summit to the possibility that Managua, Havana and Caracas would be invited, in the figure of Nicolás Maduro.
In that sense, he announced that it will be this Friday when the tension ends and he will announce whether or not he will finally go to the Summit of the Americas.
“Tomorrow it is probable, I am not sure, we are going to define the situation at the summit. It is likely because we are evaluating a series of factors,” the president commented on Thursday, May 26, at his daily press conference.
For his part, the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, was invited to the hemispheric event at the end. He had told himself that he might not go because of an alleged refusal by his counterpart, Joe Biden, to meet with him. The Brazilian president confirmed that he would be at the Summit of the Americas after receiving an envoy from the White House to coordinate the meeting with the US president.
The far-right president was the last leader of the G20 countries to recognize Biden’s victory in the 2020 elections, in which he defeated Republican Donald Trump, the Brazilian’s main global ally. In addition, Biden is a critic of the environmental policy of the Bolsonaro government, especially in what he has to do with reducing the effects of climate change.
However, Bolsonaro criticized Biden on Thursday, May 26, asserting that with former president Donald Trump everything was going well in Brazil and said that with the arrival of the new president at the White House, “there was only a freeze.”
Before journalists, he admitted that he had almost decided not to attend the Summit of the Americas. «He was prone to not appearing. I cannot go, with the size of Brazil, to be a frame for a photograph,” said Bolsonaro, who added: “I am not going to smile, shake hands and appear in a photo. I’m going to resolve issues », he pointed out.
But he said he changed his mind when he spoke with the US official, former Democratic senator Christopher Dodd.
For her part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Antonia Urrejola, used a policy similar to that of Argentina in the sense that she advocates a Summit of the Americas “without exclusions”, although she confirmed that she did not condition her presence -as she did Mexico and Bolivia – to the meeting.
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