Concern in Washington about the coming and going of Alberto Fernandez

A threat Alberto Fernandez And other leaders of the region not to go to the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles if not all the invited countries raise concerns in Washington. On the one hand, the government Joe Biden Before his eyes the fact that he could not unite the continent for an appointment should be a tribute to the region. On the other hand, it increases Pressure the White House to not tolerate “insurrection.” Countries that do not want to attend suffer the consequences.

The United States has already extended its official invitation to Fernandez. But the Argentine president has not yet confirmed whether he is going to the summit, which takes place between June 6-10, because he wants Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua They are called The White House considers the rulers of those countries dictators and violators of human rights and does not want them on the list.

The leader of the province is the Mexican Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Who said he wouldn’t go if everyone didn’t go. Several countries such as Bolivia, some Caribbean countries and Honduras joined. Argentina still maintains its predictable position. Fernandez, CELAC’s interim president, initially said he urged everyone to participate but that he would go to Los Angeles, although in the end it seemed like he backed off.

Biden sent a special envoy to Buenos Aires, his close friend and former senator Christopher Dodd, to try to persuade him, but left empty-handed because the president had not yet confirmed his participation.

In addition, copies of which they will meet were circulated A kind of “countertop” To breakfast in Los Angeles under CELAC where They were claiming some officials from those countries “vetoed” by the United States. The idea, which was somewhat impractical without US approval, that visas should be granted, was played down by Mexico. Then another initiative grew: that Fernandez, as president of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, gives a powerful speech within the framework of the summit against exclusion.

This unprecedented level of uncertainty, days before the Continental Meeting, was already starting to emerge in Washington. At a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a vocal critic of the Cuban regime, was very vocal about governments reluctant to participate.

My point is this: I don’t think the United States of America should, frankly, be intimidated or pressured about who to invite to our summit. If you don’t want to come, don’t come,” he said, referring to the Mexican president, who leads the province.

And his threat extended to other countries: “If we have a summit where we don’t invite tyrants and people who want tyrants to come decide to boycott it, then We will know who our true friends in the region are and act accordingly.”pointed out.

“I think it will be a good opportunity to filter out those who agree with our views on the direction of the region and those who do not,” he warned.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond to this reporter’s inquiries on the matter, but experts were consulted Clarion They agreed that It is not good for Argentina to miss the date.

“It is hard to see how it would be in Argentina’s interest to support the ruthless Latin American dictatorships while opposing the United States and distracting from the summit’s goals,” said Benjamin Gaidan, director of the Argentina Project at the Wilson Center.

“Argentina has traditionally been seen as a strong defender of human rights, An important source of soft power for a country whose recurring economic crises drain its regional and global influence. Instead of worrying that the summit hosts will silence the voices of tyrants in Caracas, Havana and Managua, Argentina should raise its voice for political prisoners and other victims of those regimes.”

said Diego Region, Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council Center for Latin America Clarion That “the possible absence of President Fernandez from the summit will clearly not help in strengthening relations between Argentina and the United States. There will certainly be reactions from both parties, Democrats and Republicans, denouncing this absence. Therefore, I doubt that President Fernandez will decide not to attend the summit.”

He added, “We must remember that The United States played a key role in supporting Argentina with the International Monetary Fund. A historic trade and diplomatic relationship has been established and Argentina’s absence will undoubtedly help advance a bilateral agenda.”

Jidan indicates that Casa Rosada must use its diplomatic power to overcome divisions Among the ideologically diverse democracies of the hemisphere” before the meeting in Los Angeles.

“It is common to hear complaints about inappropriate US interference in Latin America, and these are often well-deserved criticisms. So why miss an opportunity so rare when the President of the United States focuses his attention exclusively on Latin America?

The region notes that “the United States recognizes that part of the conversation during the summit will be decisive, frank, and open about excluding certain countries whose governments the host country considers undemocratic.” He adds, “I see President Fernandez carrying this flag to confirm his role as head of the group and its regional alliances. I think an active and critical presence at the site is more constructive for the area.”

I think this is part of the game and that the United States should be tolerant of dissenting voices from allied countries in the region. We are far from those historical moments in which the United States dominated the positions of the countries of the region. Today there is a new reality.”

Giedan adds, “The Mar del Plata Summit (2005) recalled the emergence of divisions and torpedoed the regional free trade agenda. There is still a chance for Argentina to play a different role this time around, building bridges and bringing leaders together for a bold agenda of hemispheric cooperation and U.S. investment in Latin america “.

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