United States President Joe Biden wants Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to attend the Summit of the Americas next weekassured this Wednesday the White House, which continues without finalizing the list of guests, between threats of boycott if some rulers are excluded.
“We have had very respectful and active conversations with Mexico and the Mexican President requested that Cuba attend the summit”
With only four days to go before the opening in Los Angeles, the United States still hasn’t closed the list, a source of friction in recent weeks.
“We still have some final considerations,” Juan Gonzalez, the White House’s top adviser for the Americas, said during a teleconference.
“We have had very respectful and active conversations with Mexico and the Mexican President requested that Cuba attend the summit,” he said.
for weeks, Mexico demands that no government be excluded from the summit to be held from June 6 to 10.
Last week Kevin O’Reilly, coordinator of the Summit, affirmed that Washington rules out inviting the presidents of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, whom he considers illegitimate since his re-election. It is unknown if the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, “the legitimately elected president,” will attend, according to Washington.
Cuba is another of the countries that the United States is reluctant to invite. Although the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, already announced that he would not go “in no case”.
“What this administration has done (…) is to treat the countries of the region as our partners, whose opinions we have to take seriously, certainly with Mexico and with others who have expressed an opinion,” González said.
“We have tried to engage in a conversation and we have been very respectful of the different perspectives,” he said, insisting that the government will soon make “a final decision” by virtue of “the prerogatives” that being the host country confers on it.