May 16, 2022

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Bolivia’s president slams exceptions at Summit of the Americas

“The Ninth Summit of the Americas proposes to “build a sustainable, resilient and equitable future,” a challenge that will not be achieved if multilateralism is ignored, the principle of self-determination is ignored, and the participation of fraternal nations is rejected,” the president wrote.

In another tweet, Arce emphasized: “All countries that are part of this great continent are American, and we are in our similarities and differences, so there is no reason to justify excluding America’s peoples and voices.”

In accordance with the principles and values ​​proclaimed by His Majesty, “From the Plurinational State of Bolivia, we urge to invite all countries of the Americas to the summit, promoting dialogue and regional integration based on respect for the dignity and sovereignty of the peoples.”

Arce responded with these tweets to information provided on May 2 by State Department official Brian Nichols, who confirmed that Washington would not invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela to the summit of the Western Hemisphere.

Previously, former President Evo Morales criticized this unilateral decision.

The leader of the socialist movement denounced on the social network that “the United States, the false champion of democracy and freedom, is acting as a capitalist tyrant by excluding worthy peoples, Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, from the top of the Americas.”

Commenting on the meeting, which will take place from 6 to 10 July, Morales considered that “it will be a summit of blackmail and political blackmail to force those present to take a stand against Russia.”

Many governments and international organizations have expressed their disapproval of Washington’s discriminatory action and have called for this forum to be maintained as a space for dialogue and understanding.

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Mexico’s President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, asserted at one of his morning press conferences that domestic groups in the United States are getting political and economic advantages from anti-Cuban stances, and called for exclusion and aggression to be put aside.

For his part, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Keith Rowley, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), lamented Washington’s selective exclusion of Cuba and other countries from the ninth Summit of the Americas.

The Latin American and Caribbean group, meanwhile, called for “exceptions to be avoided that prevent all hemisphere voices from being heard and spoken.”

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