La Jornada – Biden personally wants to attend AMLO Summit of the Americas

New York. Juan Gonzalez, director of the National Security Council for the Western Hemisphere, said US President Joe Biden “personally wants” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to attend the Summit of the Americas, given Mexico’s view that it had “respectful” talks with its neighbor Southern about the topic.

“Our relationship with Mexico is positive and will remain so,” Gonzalez said, adding that participation in the summit will not affect cooperation between the United States and Latin America. Lopez Obrador said his country would be represented by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard if he was not present.

Senior US State Department officials said during a briefing that they believe the Summit of the Americas will attend well, despite threats from several Latin American presidents not to attend.

Gonzalez said he does not believe the controversy generated by not inviting countries like Venezuela or Nicaragua to the summit is a “distraction” from their success.

“I think we’ll let the results speak for themselves,” Gonzalez said. “We did not focus on the question of who was not invited, but rather on the results that we want to achieve at the summit.”

Gonzalez said the final list of invited countries has yet to be released by the White House. Last week, Kevin O’Reilly, the State Department’s coordinator for summit preparations, told a US Senate hearing that no representative of the governments of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro or Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua, had been invited, but he left the door open for Cuba to participate. They were invited, although on the same day President Miguel Diaz-Canel excluded attendance. O’Reilly said Cuban civil society was invited.

The summit, which begins on Monday in Los Angeles, brings together leaders of the American continent. The United States is hosting the meeting for the second time since it began in 1994 in Miami.

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