‘US pays the price for ignoring AL at Summit of the Americas’

Saint Joseph. – the president of the United States, Joe Bidenwill pick up next week, in Ninth Summit of the Americasin Los Angeles, California, reaped more gusts of wind than its predecessor, Donald Trumpplanted in Latin America and the Caribbean from 2017 to 2021.

After settling into the White House in January 2021, Biden did not move stubbornly to try to calm the storms his Republican predecessor inherited in the turbulent Western Hemisphere.

Holding on to the old continental difficulties of irregular immigration, drug smuggling, corruption or security, and with China and its dragon in deluge, the Democratic president has not at least attempted to implement a change of direction to modernize Washington’s policy toward a region that has long despised the United States as its “backyard” and that’s required. urgently to resolve its endemic epidemic social debt.

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Trump’s only trip was to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2018 for a meeting in Buenos Aires of the Group of Twenty (G20), which brings together the world’s richest and most developed economies and three from the region — Mexico, Argentina and Brazil — so that didn’t mean a showdown with its American neighbors. also.

Biden in 2021 focused on the acute migration crisis of Latin Americans, Caribbeans, Asians, and Africans on the border with Mexico, the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan, conflicts with China and Russia and other conflicts in Asia, Africa and Europe. The storm that Trump planted with storms in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Biden has served more than 16 months in office, and it is unknown if he will make a first regional tour. In contrast, and in his government from 2009 to 2017, then President of the United States, Barack ObamaHe visited Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.

By excluding Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela from Los Angeles, the United States claimed it was violating the clause set out at the 2001 Summit of the Americas in Canada for participation: respect for democracy.

If there is a drop in the attendance of 32 heads of state and government at the summit, scheduled for 6-10 this month, history will go down as a diplomatic failure by Biden.

“It is a very relevant wake-up call from Latin America and the Caribbean for the United States to correct, expand and strengthen its policy towards this region and build bridges of communication,” said Costa Rican diplomat and lawyer Enrique Castillo, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Costa Rica. Costa Rica.

“After Obama, there was a chasm between Latin America and the Caribbean and the United States, mainly because of the way Trump led them, or not at all. Trump promoted an aggressive policy on immigration to Mexico and other countries. The estrangement has occurred with Trump and the void remains.” Globalism.

Noting that Biden “had few contacts with the region,” he noted that he “winked” in Central America to help it avoid irregular migration, and in Venezuela to eventually buy oil.

“But the rest has been abandoned. In the Caribbean, there is a sense of alienation from the United States and there are three countries with great influence: Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba united in their refusal to exclude Biden from the summit.”

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to Mexico

A setback for Biden in Los Angeles would turn Washington’s attention to the president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. At the end of last April, López Obrador rejected Biden’s decision to exclude Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

At the outset of the former mayor, his attendance was conditioned by the fact that no ruler was excluded from the meeting and he had the support of Bolivia and the 14 governments of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), who would not send their leaders either.

Little help shows the delicate situation between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. “Biden’s foreign policy has not been well directed,” the Ecuadorean political scientist said. Sebastian MantellaExecutive Director of the (non-state) Latin American Center for Political Studies in Ecuador.

Washington’s unclear vision for the region leads to what will happen with the summit. The main problem is how the region is understood or not understood by the United States. The nuts must be adjusted, which is an important change in Biden’s foreign policy with Latin America and the Caribbean.”


For the first time since the Summits of the Americas in 1994, the current US president has missed one of those appointments. Trump in 2018 refused to attend the eighth convention, in Lima, Peru, and sent Vice President Mike Pence.

The absence contrasts with the seventh in 2015 in Panama, where Obama opened a stellar moment for what may be a new era in the relationship between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean.

After Washington and Havana announced in 2014 that their relations were beginning to improve, after more than 54 years of diplomatic rift, burying the last remnants of the Cold War in America, Obama met with then-President of Cuba, Raul Castro. 2015 in Panama. The process was completed that year with the full diplomatic restoration and in 2016 with Obama’s trip to Havana.

After nearly 55 years of all kinds of clashes between the two countries, due to Washington’s rejection of the communist model and Havana’s alliance with the now defunct Soviet Union, Obama has sought to normalize relations with Cuba without abandoning the United States’ demand for democracy and respect. on the island and received the unanimous approval of the American states.

The United States has always voted in the United Nations (United nations) against a resolution condemning the 1962 economic embargo on Havana, but Obama ordered his delegation to abstain in 2016.

The Cuban Revolution never agreed to open even a millimeter of its rigid, one-party apparatus to the Cuban Communist Party: Trump backed off, tightened embargo, and smashed relations.

But the setback, with few exceptions, hit the rest of American governments.

They want AMLO in the meeting

US President Joe Biden wants his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorto attend next week’s Summit of the Americas, White House Senior Adviser to the Americas emphasized, John Gonzalezin a conference call.

Gonzalez said the views of Mexico and other countries to “invite everyone” are taken into account and that Biden “personally” wants Lopez Obrador at the event. “We are confident that the summit will have a very good participation. Our relationship with Mexico is and will remain positive,” he said.

*With information from Agence France-Presse

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