Some Latin American leaders criticized the decision to exclude Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela from the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.
They also mourn the absences of the leaders of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Bolivia and the exclusion of three autocratic nations.
Belize’s prime minister, John Briceño, said, “The future of the Western Hemisphere is a question for all of the countries of this hemisphere. Irrespective of our size, our GDP, our system of governance — we all have a shared interest in a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future.”
He also added that it is “inexcusable that all countries of the Americas are not here, and the power of the summit (is) diminished by their absence.”
Briceño called the isolation of certain countries that were not invited “incomprehensible” and specifically called on Biden to end its blockade on Cuba, calling it “un-American” and “an affront to humanity.” And he called Venezuela’s absence “unforgivable.”
Meanwhile, Argentine President Alberto Fernández said during a speech that the rules of future summits should be changed to prevent nations from being excluded.
He also criticized measures taken against Cuba and Venezuela, such as the embargo.
“I am sorry that all of us, who should have been here, are not present,” Fernández said.
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Yvad Billings Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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