The United States confirmed this Thursday (26) that it did not invite Venezuela and Nicaragua to the Summit of the Americas, which will be held in Los Angeles in June, but was more ambiguous about Cuba, stating that they “still” have not sent a summons to this country.
The coordinator of the Summit of the Americas, Kevin O’Reilly, appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where, questioned by the Republican senator Marco Rubio, of Cuban origin, confirmed that none of these countries has been invited for the time being, although he was emphatic in saying that neither Venezuela nor Nicaragua will be invited.
“We invited someone from the Cuban regime to participate in the summit ?”, asked Rubio, to which the State Department official replied that this decision corresponds to the White House.
Pressed by the senator on whether this means that Cuba has not yet been invited, O’Reilly reiterated which is something that the White House has to decide, to which Rubio asked again if there was An invitation to the Caribbean island has been formalized.
“Not as far as I know,” O’Reilly said, adding that the US invited representatives of Cuban civil society.
O’Reilly explained that the US government wants “to have broad participation from civil society in every country where authoritarians and dictators seek to end public debate.”
Regardless of being invited or not , Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel assured on Wednesday that “in no case” will he participate in the meeting.
Rubio then asked if the US had invited the regime of Nicolás Maduro or some of their representatives to the summit, to which the coordinator of this meeting said “absolutely not”. “We don’t recognize them as a sovereign government,” O’Reilly added.
In response to a similar question about whether the government of Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega was invited, O’Reilly responded with a resounding “no”.
Regarding the Venezuelan opposition, the summit coordinator stated that the US recognizes Juan Guaidó “as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela” and added that they are in constant discussions with the “government of transition” on how they can participate and collaborate in the event.
Asked again about the matter by Rubio, O’Reilly indicated that it is up to the White House to make this invitation and that so far he has not been
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that this Friday (27) he will define his participation in the Summit of the Americas due to the controversy over the possible exclusion of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
López Obrador created a regional controversy by conditioning his presence that the White House invite all countries in the region, including the three mentioned above, to the summit.
His position was supported by Bolivia, Guatemala and by nations of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), as countries such as Argentina, Honduras and Chile added to the criticism, but confirmed their presence at the summit.