The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, threatened this Tuesday not to attend the Summit of the Americas, scheduled for next June in California, if the United States does not invite all the countries of the region. The Biden government had stated that it was “unlikely” that nations such as Cuba, Nicaragua or Venezuela would be summoned.
“If they are excluded, if not everyone is invited, a representation of the Government of Mexico will go, but i wouldn’t goForeign Minister Marcelo Ebrard would represent me,” declared the president during his morning press conference from the National Palace.
Before the express question, López Obrador pointed out that his absence from the Summit it would be a protest message: “Yes, because I don’t want the same policy to continue in America.”
“I want in fact to assert independence, sovereignty and demonstrate for universal brotherhood, we are not for confrontation“, remarked the president, who had expressly requested the presence of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela at the Summit.
Therefore, the Mexican president considered that the American countries are here to join hands, unite, and even if there are differences, they can resolve them “at least by listening, by talking, but not excluding anyone.”
Furthermore, he argued that “no one has the right to exclude” others and ruled out that this claim affects the relationship between Mexico and the United States by this decision. “We are independent countries and we have a respectful relationship,” he said.
He also insisted that it is not appropriate to think of a meeting of American countries without the participation of all the countries of the continent. “How can a summit (is) of America without all the countries of America? Where are the uninvited from? Are they from another continent, from another galaxy, from an unknown planet?“, he ironized.
And he recalled the words of former US President George Washington to support his position: “Nations should not take advantage of the misfortune of other peoples.”
Lastly, he charged that the idea of excluding American countries belongs to “minority groups that are factious” and therefore reiterated that unity and respect must be sought so that the region advances as others in the world have done. And he asked not to think differently, since that led to conflicts like the recent one between Russia and Ukraine: “Where is the diplomacy, where is the politics?” He questioned.
“If we don’t hug each other, if we don’t brother in America, what awaits us is decline and the dominance of other regionsI don’t want to compare but there are continents that are in a very difficult situation and (we) have great potential,” he said.
The US president, Joe Biden, announced that his main objective at the Summit of the Americas is “to draw a new regional approach to improve the way” in which migration in the region is managed “jointly for the next decade,” according to a recent White House statement.
With information from EFE.