Thursday, Western Hemisphere leaders publically reprimanded President Joe Biden for failing to invite numerous states to the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.
According to Reuters, Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua were not invited to the gathering.
This conduct prompted Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to boycott the event. According to The New York Times, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia, and El Salvador all declined to attend despite being invited.
The ninth Summit of the Americas concludes this Friday. This event is being held in the United States for the first time since 1994, when it was held in Miami.
Although Biden administration officials attempted to persuade boycotting nations to participate this year, the split was so severe that Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele declined to accept a call from Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to the Times, which cited four unnamed individuals.
Some leaders who did attend were critical of Biden.
Belize’s prime minister, Johnny Briceo, blasted Biden for excluding nations.
The Washington Post quotes Briceo as saying, “This summit belongs to all of the Americas — it is therefore inexcusable that there are countries of the Americas that are not here, and the power of the summit is diminished by their absence,”
“At this most critical juncture, when the future of our hemisphere is at stake, we stand divided. And that is why the Summit of the Americas should have been inclusive. Geography, not politics, defines the Americas.”
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Briceño also attacked what he called the “illegal blockade against Cuba” by the United States as an “affront to humanity,” according to Reuters.
“In fact, it is un-American. The time has come, Mr. President, to lift the blockade,” Briceño said.
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said “the silence of those who are absent is calling to us” and that the United States should not have the power to decide who was invited. Read more…