Xiomara Castro: My government has good relations with the United States.
Honduran President Chiomara Castro, who will not attend the Summit of the Americas, said in a tweet on Tuesday that her country would “be present” at the summit and said it maintains good relations with the United States.
Honduras will be present at the summit in Los Angeles, California, with our Secretary of State, Tweet embedMinister of Economic Development Pedro Barquero and Private Secretary Hector Zelaya. My government maintains good relations with the United States.
– Xiomara Castro de Zelaya (XiomaraCastroZ) 7 June 2022
On behalf of Castro, a delegation headed by Foreign Minister Enrique Reina and Special Secretary of the Presidency of the Republic, Hector Zelaya, Castro’s son, will attend.
On May 28, Castro posted on his Twitter account that he would only attend the summit if “all the countries of the Americas, without exception” are invited.
A senior US official confirmed to CNN Monday that the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela will not be invited to the summit due to the lack of democratic spaces and human rights conditions in those countries. The official said the organizing countries have broad discretion to decide who to invite.
Various sectors of Honduras view with concern Castro’s failure to attend the summit, given the relationship he forged months before taking office with the US government which was reinforced by the visit during his January 27 inauguration of Vice President. Kamala Harris.