An American official informed the Associated Press that President Joe Biden is considering inviting a member of the Cuban regime to the Summit of the Americas. The source indicated that there are disagreements within the administration regarding the guest list.
AP detailed that they do not know if Cuba would accept the invitation and that an official from the Department of Foreign Affairs would be sent as an observer and not as a member of the plenary. After receiving the information, Associated Press sent some questions to the Department of State but did not receive a response.
Upon hearing the news, Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) said that “the lack of respect for the Cuban exile by this president crossed all limits.”
Invitations to the Summit of the Americas
Various political actors had asked that democracy be taken into account when sending invitations and questioned the regimes of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Faced with the possibility of the United States deciding not to invite these three countries to the summit, presidents such as Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) have threatened not to attend.
“If not everyone is invited, a Mexican representation will go, but not me. I don’t want the same policy to continue in America (…) No one has the right to exclude. Let no one exclude anyone,” said the Mexican president.
Despite AMLO’s threats, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, President Biden’s special advisor for the Summit of the Americas, had assured that there was little chance of inviting the regimes of Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
“We are not going to include countries that are violating human rights,” said Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, in an interview for NTN24.