Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2022. 8:35 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: In a column published by the Mexican newspaper, Excelsior, Mexico’s Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard accused the United States of double standards by excluding the governments of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua from the Summit of the Americas, while engaging with non-democratic governments in Southeast Asia.
“The so-called democratic clause is not applied equally in all cases, but only in some, when it is convenient,” Ebrard wrote. Ebrard said that the U.S. decision is “inconsistent, if not contradictory.”
The United States reportedly chose not to invite the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua to the Summit of the Americas citing concerns about a lack of democracy in their countries.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had publicly announced that he would only attend if all leaders of the region were included. Despite his absence, Lopez Obrador is set to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden next month.
Meanwhile, President Biden aims to address regional migration and economic challenges at the summit.
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