The press in that country quoted officials of the Mexican Foreign Ministry, this Saturday, that they excluded the participation of representatives of the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in a meeting of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States organized in parallel with the Summit of the Americas held by the United States in Los Angeles. .
“Mexico has not considered participating in any international secret meeting of this kind in Los AngelesCalifornia, according to the State Department (SRE), “published by the Mexican newspaper todaywhich usually holds positions close to the government of Lopez Obrador.
According to the note todayThe State Department said today, after polling this newspaper, that it is not aware of such a meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States or the invitation of Mexico to participate in it. On Friday, La Jornada also asked the agency he heads Marcelo Ebrard If Mexico receives any invitation to participate in a possible secret meeting promoted by the Alberto Fernandez government. The response was that the Republic of South Sudan had no knowledge of such a confrontation yet.”
Moreover, after entangling narratives and contradictions about what kind of meeting Argentina was calling, this Saturday, in Buenos Aires, there was already talk of deactivating the entire plan in the GRULAC for a parallel meeting with Biden at the Summit of the Americas . . Now there is talk that Fernandez is focusing the speech on rejecting exceptions when he speaks in Los Angeles, if he also confirms his presence. This same idea was confirmed by Lopez Obrador in connection with his country’s television: the Mexican said that he agreed with the Argentine that he, on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, be responsible for clarifying his dissatisfaction with the decision to withdraw from the meeting. for three countries.
Foreign Ministry sources confirmed on Friday Clarion that Argentina intends to organize a meeting of the member states of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States attending the Summit of the Americas, To repeat a call for continental meetings without exceptionsIn protest, Washington did not invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to attend the Los Angeles Summit. This is exactly the message the United States does not want to hear.
A Clarin official confirmed, “The CLAC Summit will be held in the same location as the Summit of the Americas at times when there are no formal meetings, but only the countries invited to the Summit of the Americas will participate.” for the government.
The organization of this counter-summit sparked strong controversy as it faces Fernandez, the interim president of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, with United States President Joe Biden, referring to the situation. About the regimes of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
It happens with Lopez Obrador, Fernandez is leading a crusade for the democratic government to back down In his decision not to invite the leaders of the three undemocratic regimes in the region to the secret American meeting.
Lopez Obrador threatened not to go to the Summit of the Americas and send his Secretary of State to the presidential meeting in Los Angeles from June 6-10 if Washington did not extend an invitation to Miguel Diaz-Canel, Nicolas Maduro and Daniel Ortega.
Fernandez, similar to the Mexican, has not yet said whether he will attend the summit or not, and this position has not changed after his meeting with Biden’s envoy, Christopher Dodd, which was on Thursday, at a meeting in Buenos Aires. On Thursday, the president asked to participate in the multilateral meeting.
The official Telam agency, in turn, stated that the achievement of the counter-summit had progressed in the negotiations in the Mexican capital, where Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero and his Aztec counterpart said, Marcelo EbrardThey met yesterday. However, Mexican Foreign Ministry officials who spoke with La Jornada denied this information.
The parallel meeting evokes the counter-summit that Nestor Kirchner, Hugo Chavez and Lula da Silva had with George W. Bush at the Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata in 2005, when they blocked the FTAA initiative – a common market for all the continent – of the Republican. This was a bad drink that Washington would never forgive Kirchner.
After the publication of the Telam counter-summit, the Latin American media repeated the organization of that meeting and even Celebrated by Prensa Latina Cuban Agency. After that, the Foreign Ministry began explaining that it was a “dinner” with the countries present now Mexico does not know.
This is not the first time that the government He plays strongly in a joint position with Mexico Then Argentina was left alone in the initiative. It happened to him, for example, when Fernandez wanted to block the access of Donald Trump’s candidate to head the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). On that occasion, Mexico ended up accepting Trump’s request and ignoring the Argentine proposal.
The Argentine proposal for a parallel meeting has not yet resonated in Brazil, which has also maintained strong opposition to Biden in recent months. Currently, after Dodd’s passage through Brasilia, Jair Bolsonaro has obtained a bilateral agreement with the President of the United States.