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Official: Biden studies whether to invite Cuba to summit

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – President Joe Biden is considering whether to invite a Cuban representative to a US summit, a US official said Friday, as the US government tries to avert such an incident. which is in danger of drowning due to disagreement on it. Guest list.

It was unclear whether Cuba would accept the invitation, which would be extended to someone from the Foreign Ministry to attend as an observer, but not to the minister himself and not as a full participant, said the official, who declined. It was recognized because it was an internal deliberation.

A National Security Council spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on whether Cuba would be invited.

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Countries on the continent from Canada to Chile participate in the summit of the Americas. It’s set to debut in Los Angeles in just two weeks. It will be the first time it will be held in the United States since the opening ceremony in Miami in 1994.

But the plans are beset with confusion, as leaders such as Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador threatened not to participate because Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua would not be invited.

Former US Senator Chris Dodd, whom Biden appointed special adviser to the summit, spoke with Lopez Obrador this week for two hours via Zoom.

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National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at Air Force One Friday that the administration was holding “clear and constructive talks” but declined to say more.

López Obrador said on Friday that the summit was still being analyzed and that he wanted “everyone to be invited.”

“We have a very good relationship with President Biden,” he said. “We’re having a conversation.”

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Associated Press journalist Maria Verza contributed to this Mexico City report.

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