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Biden Designates Los Angeles to Host the ‘IX Summit of the Americas’

Biden designa a Los Ángeles como sede de la "IX Cumbre de las Américas"

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Los Angeles will host the IX Summit of the Americas to be held in June this year with the purpose of building a better future for the American continent, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday in a statement.

The previous meeting, which brings together the leaders of the American continent, was held in Lima, Peru in 2018.

“The national interests of the United States are inextricably linked to the fate of our closest neighbors in the Americas,” the President said in a statement.

According to Biden, one of the objectives of the meeting will be to “close the gap” between what the democracies of the continent promise and what they carry out, something that depends on the actions taken together.

For this reason, the summit will revolve around the idea of “building a sustainable, resilient and equitable future” for the continent, the president explained.

It will be the first time that the United States organizes this summit, which is held every three or four years, since the original edition in Miami in 1994.

So far, eight regular summits have been held: Miami (1994), Santiago de Chile (1998), Quebec (Canada, 2001), Mar del Plata (Argentina, 2005), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago, 2009), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia, 2012), Panama (2015) and Lima (Peru, 2018).

However, only the summit held in Panama City in 2015 was attended by all the leaders of the 35 countries that make up the Organization of American States (OAS), and to which Cuba also joined.

The event held in Lima in 2018 was marked by the absence of Venezuela, whose invitation was withdrawn by Peru, the host country, on the grounds of the recurrent human rights violations of Nicolás Maduro.

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