Mexican president threatens to skip US summit unless US invites each country

“Participation in the Los Angeles Summit has not yet been resolved because we propose not to exclude anyone because we seek the unity of the whole of America,” Lopez Obrador said in his daily briefing in Mexico City.

“We feel that there should be no confrontation. Even with the differences, we should have a dialogue, all Americans, then we have not yet resolved this issue; we have a very good relationship with the government of President Biden. We want everyone to be invited. “It’s Mexico’s position,” he added.

US officials have repeatedly stated that the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela will not be invited to the summit because of their human rights record.

As host country, the United States has the privilege of selecting leaders to be invited to the summit.

However, the White House said on Tuesday that no decision had been made following López Obrador’s comments.

“We have not yet decided who will be invited and no invitations have been issued,” said Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman.

If Lopez Obrador resigns from Mexico’s rally – which is set to take place in June – it would be a major setback for the White House and the government of US President Joe Biden in particular, who have tried to use the summit. as an opportunity to strengthen Latin America’s ties with the US, amid growing Chinese interaction in the region.

The Mexican President spoke at his home after a tour of Central America and Cuba, where he met Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and former President Raul Castro. In Cuba, López Obrador said he would urge Biden not to exclude any country in the United States from the summit.
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“I know there are political groups in the United States that are committed to confrontation, that would like to hold the people of Latin America and the Caribbean hostage, as is the case with the Cuban blockade, which is strongly promoted by Cuban politicians who have a lot of influence. in the United States, “said López Obrador.

“But I find exclusion inappropriate and inhumane (…) an entire people can not suffer in the interest of a group, so the US government must decide because it is a human rights issue that has to do with sovereignty. he added.

He added: “If he is excluded, if not everyone is invited, a representative of the Mexican government will go, but I would not go. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrad would represent me.”

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The America’s Summit is traditionally a gathering of countries from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean and takes place every four years.

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

Nicaragua and Venezuela have bad relations with Washington after an extensive list of sanctions against their governments and the recent dubious elections.

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