Mexico boycotts US-hosted Summit of the Americas
The Summit of the Americas opened in Los Angeles, California. But the leaders of Mexico and some other countries are boycotting the event to protest the omission of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
US President Joe Biden told leaders at the summit meeting on Wednesday: “Our region is vast and diverse. We don’t always agree on everything.”
He added: “But because we are democracies, we resolve our disagreements with mutual respect and dialogue.”
Participants are expected to discuss issues such as migration and climate change until Friday.
The United States, which hosts the meeting, did not invite the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. The White House press secretary said, “The president’s primary position is that we don’t believe dictators should be invited.
Opposing the move, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador skipped the summit and the leaders of Bolivia and Honduras also chose not to attend.
Several American media claim that the United States is losing its influence in the region.
Biden wants results on the issue of migration, which many Americans are concerned about, before the midterm elections later this year. It is unclear whether he can introduce effective measures in the absence of the president of Mexico, which borders the United States.