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The Republican senator for the state of Florida, Rick Scott, asked President Joe Biden, that the “illegitimate, communist Cuban regime” be excluded from the Summit of the Americas, to be held next June in Los Angeles (California.)
In a recent letter sent to Biden, Scott says that it is vitally important not to allow this event to “legitimize the tyrants in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua,” and to that end, the United States must prohibit representatives of these illegitimate regimes from attending the Summit.
In the letter, the Republican senator and former governor of Florida affirms that Miguel Díaz-Canel, Nicolás Maduro and Daniel Ortega are “dictators who are starving their own people, jailing political dissidents and cracking down on peaceful protests.”
He calls on Democrat Biden in the letter to invite Juan Guaidó, head of Venezuela’s Parliament and opposition leader, to the Summit.
In a tweet in Spanish, Scott urges the president to “veto Díaz-Canel and his thugs” and assures that “these dictators can cry all they want,” but they will not stop “fighting for democracy and to put an end to their regimes.”
The United States responded Monday to Cuba that it has not yet sent out invitations to the Summit of the Americas, in response to Havana’s accusations that it has excluded Cuba from the preparations for the meeting.
Contacted by Efe, spokesmen for the White House National Security Council and the State Department said that for the moment no invitation has been issued for the Summit, without offering further details.
The Summit of the Americas is an event that brings together the heads of state and government of the countries of the American continent and is held every three or four years. Cuba has attended the last two editions in Panama (2015) and Peru (2018).
This year it is scheduled to be held from June 6 to 10 in Los Angeles and will focus, among other issues, on the regional declaration on migration and protection on which the United States is currently working with partners from across the region.