Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he would not attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles in June if the Biden administration excludes Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
“If they exclude, if not all are invited, a representative of the Mexican government is going to go, but I would not. I don’t want the same policy to continue in America, and I want, in fact, to assert independence and sovereignty and show universal fraternity,” Obrador said.
Obrador added that Mexico will send Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard instead if Biden’s administration excludes Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela from the summit.
Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, said that the U.S. administration has not decided yet if they will invite Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to the talks.
“We know that the summit is a valuable opportunity to focus on some of the most important issues like the ongoing fight for freedom and democracy for every country… Our shared climate goals and stronger, more collaborative Covid-19 response, and addressing the root causes of migration,” Psaki said.
Bloomberg reported that Mexico’s president visited Cuba on Sunday and urged an end to U.S. sanctions against the island and full regional participation in the June 6-10 Summit of the Americas.
Obrador also said that the U.S. government should not exclude any countries from the Americas from the Summit of the Americas.
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