Biden administration decides to exclude Venezuela and Cuba from the summit of the Americas

After weeks of deliberation, the US decided not to invite Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua to the Americas, despite the call of the President of Mexico, who said he would ignore the event unless all the countries of the region were invited to it

Summit of the Americas, which will take place this year on June 6 & 10 in Los Angeles, will be held without representatives of the authorities of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, Reuters and Bloomberg report, citing sources.

According to Bloomberg interlocutors, the administration of US President Joe Biden made a final decision not to invite these three countries to the summit after several weeks of discussions with the states of Latin America and the Caribbean, including Mexico. It is based on Washington's concerns “about the lack of democracy and the lack of respect for human rights.” in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, sources say.

The White House Press Office declined to comment.

On May 26, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel stated that “under no circumstances” will not participate in the summit due to Washington's decision to invite only democracies to it. The Presidents of Nicaragua and Guatemala, Daniel Ortega and Alejandro Giammattei, spoke about this earlier.

Summit of the Americas organized under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting of the heads of state and government of America. Its goal is to form a common strategy in solving the problems facing the countries of the region. It was first held in 1994 in Miami, until today it was the only meeting that took place on the territory of the United States. The host country of the summit itself decides who to invite. For example, Cuban representatives attended the last two meetings in Panama and Peru in 2015 and 2018, recalls the Los Angeles Times.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador has repeatedly called for the event to be attended by all the countries of the region, saying that otherwise he himself will ignore the summit. On May 27, he said that until he decided on participation, it would depend on the actions of the United States. The possibility of a boycott of the summit was also allowed by the leaders of some other states, including Guatemala and Honduras, Bloomberg notes.

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As The New York Times wrote in May, citing a source, the US administration is seeking an effective regional agreement on illegal migration ahead of the midterm elections in the fall of 2022, and the possible refusal of the President of Mexico to come to the summit of the Americas will complicate his agreement.

Sources of the publication admitted that the President of Brazil, Jair Bol, could also miss the event sonar. However, at the end of May, Reuters sources reported that he would not only come to the summit, but also meet with Biden separately.

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