September 28, 2022
US excludes nations from Americas summit

The US has decided to exclude Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from the Summit of the Americas, people familiar with the matter say, despite threats from Mexico’s president to skip the gathering unless all countries in the Western Hemisphere are invited.

The decision, which followed weeks of intense deliberations, risks an embarrassing boycott of the US-hosted gathering this week in Los Angeles if Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and some other leaders choose not to show up.

US officials determined that concerns about human rights and lack of democracy in the three countries, Washington’s main antagonists in Latin America, weighed too heavily against inviting them, a Washington-based source said late on Sunday.

But with President Joe Biden due to open the summit on Wednesday, final word on Communist-ruled Cuba rested on whether to invite a lower-ranking representative in place of the island’s president, US officials said.

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