The possible refusal of the Presidents of Mexico and Brazil, Andres Manuel López Obrador and Jair Bolsonaro, to participate in the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles will be a “humiliating blow” to the head of the White House, Joe Biden.
According to the publication The New York Timessuch a prospect is quite possible if Washington fulfills its intention not to invite the governments of Latin America, which it sees as “autocratic”.
A growing number of Latin American and Caribbean heads of state, including the presidents of Mexico and Brazil – the region’s two largest countries – are considering not even showing up, threatening to deliver a humiliating blow to the White House.
The day before, the White House announced that representatives of Cuba and the presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua would not be invited to the summit. This decision drew sharp criticism from the President of Mexico.
“If there are exceptions, if not everyone is invited, then the delegation of the Mexican government will go, but personally I won’t,” said Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The leaders of Bolivia, Honduras and a group of Caribbean states have already joined his position. Sources in the Brazilian government told the newspaper that Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro has similar views.
At the same time, the US administration has not yet sent any official invitations, since the White House has not agreed on the final list of invitees to the summit.
The Summit of the Americas is a meeting of heads of state organized under the auspices of the Organization of American States (OAS) to discuss and formulate a common strategy for solving the problems of the region.
The first summit was held December 9-11, 1994 in Miami. The heads of state met for the eighth time in Peru on April 13-14, 2018.
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