Mexican president threatens to miss America’s summit unless US invites all countries

“Participation in the Los Angeles summit has not yet been decided because we are proposing that no one is excluded because we strive for the unity of all America,” Lopez Obrador said during his daily briefing in Mexico City.

“We believe that there should be no confrontation. Even if there is disagreement, we must have a dialogue, all Americans, then we have yet to resolve this issue, we have a very good relationship with the government of President Biden. We want everyone to be invited. “This 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 due to their human rights violations.

As a host country, the US has the right to choose 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 yet made a decision on who will be invited, and no invitations have yet been issued,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

If López Obrador refuses Mexico’s seat at the June meeting, it would be a serious snub to the White House and, in particular, the administration of US President Joe Biden, who tried to use the summit as an opportunity. to strengthen Latin America’s ties with the United States against the backdrop of increased Chinese engagement in the region.

President of Mexico speaks at home after a tour of Central America and Cuba, where he met with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and former President Raul Castro. In Cuba, López Obrador said he would insist that Biden not rule out any of the American countries at the summit.

“I know that there are confrontational political groups in the US who would like to hold the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean hostage, as in the case of the blockade of Cuba, which is actively promoted by Cuban politicians who have a lot of influence in the US,” Lopez Obrador said.

“But I consider the blockade inappropriate and inhumane (…) an entire nation cannot suffer for the interests of a group, so the US government must decide on this issue, because this is a human rights issue that has to do with sovereignty. ,” he added.

He added: “In the event of an exception, if not everyone is invited, a representative of the Mexican government will go, but I would not go. I will be represented by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.”

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The Summit of the Americas traditionally brings together the countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean and is held every four years.

Relations between the US and Cuba have been tense for decades, although both countries held their first high-level talks in four years in April.

Nicaragua and Venezuela are on bad terms with Washington due to an extensive list of sanctions against their governments and recent questionable elections.

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