Even though a White House official recently said that the Biden administration does not intend to include Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua in the next Summit of the Americas, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), asked “not to get ahead of himself” and He trusted that the US president will respond positively to his proposal, so that all the nations of the hemisphere are invited to the event.
In his meeting with the press this morning, AMLO trusted that Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, who traveled to Washington to talk with the Biden administration on various bilateral issues, can influence the United States to agree to convene the countries that have been excluded until now. of the hemispheric forum, to be held in Los Angeles, California, next June.
“We must not get ahead of ourselves, with all due respect, we made the approach to President Biden. He mentioned to me that he was going to think about it. Yesterday Marcelo Ebrard left for Washington and I instructed him that in addition to the issues on the bilateral agenda, this would be discussed, “the president responded to a question about the White House’s refusal.
Yesterday, while Ebrard traveled to the United States capital, the Undersecretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Brian Nichols, assured that the United States will not invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to the Summit of the Americas.
“It is a key moment in our hemisphere, a moment in which we are facing many challenges for democracy and the countries […] Cuba, Nicaragua and the regime of [Nicolás] Maduro do not respect the Democratic Charter of the Americas and, therefore, I do not expect their presence,” Nichols said in an interview with the press. Although he specified that it is a decision by President Biden.
AMLO said he was confident that the White House, in particular Biden, would reconsider that position. “We have to wait, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We do not rule it out. Someone told me, I think Marcelo, that at the last summit [en Perú, 2018] everyone was invited.