Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador will not attend next month’s US summit in Los Angeles if the Biden administration excludes Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, he said on Tuesday.
López Obrador, who returned from a trip to Cuba, said during his daily news conference, “If they exclude, if not everyone is invited, a representative of the Mexican government is going to go, but I won’t.” He said his foreign affairs secretary Marcelo Ebrard would attend.
López Obrador has been saying for weeks that no one should be kicked out of the summit.
Last month, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian Nichols said it was unlikely the three countries would be invited.
Migration is expected to be a hot topic at the summit at the US-Mexico border, so López Obrador’s absence could be significant.
“Our goal is … to sign a Regional Declaration on Migration and Conservation in Los Angeles in June, when the United States hosts the summit,” President Joe Biden said in March, when Colombian President Ivan The Duke was visiting the White House. ,
Mexico is not the only country considering a boycott of the summit, as leaders of several Caribbean countries have threatened to stay home if the US invites Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whom the US is known as the official leader of the oil-rich country. recognizes as.
“We do not believe in a policy of exclusion of Cuba and Venezuela. We do not recognize Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela. Under those circumstances, Antigua and Barbuda would not participate,” said that country’s prime minister, Gaston Brown. he said.
Some of the information in this report comes from The Associated Press and Reuters.