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The United States does not rule out Cuba's representation at the Summit of the Americas

The United States does not rule out Cuba’s representation at the Summit of the Americas

The United States will consider inviting a high-ranking representative of Cuba to the upcoming Summit of the Americas, to be held in early June. In the city of Los AngelesOfficials reported Friday in Washington, DC, on condition of anonymity, quoted by news agencies.

The Controversy over possible exclusion Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, announced by the Joe Biden administration, have been stirring controversy since Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador publicly expressed his disagreement with the measure and loaned by peers from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Honduras.

Earlier on Friday, an official reported that the Biden government had already issued the first part of the list of invitations to the Summit of the Americas, without specifying whether the three countries mentioned above, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba still vetoed.

However, State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a conference call on the same day that the list is not yet out.

“We are still studying the additional invitations, and will share the final list of invitations once they have all been sent out,” he said.

On the US side, US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian Nichols announced announced That “Cuba and Nicaragua and the system [Nicol├ís] mature [en Venezuela] They do not respect the Democratic Charter of the Americas, and therefore I do not expect them to be “at the top.”

At the beginning of the month, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez protested the possible exclusion due to the fact that weeks before Washington and Havana announced their intention to reconclude immigration agreements.

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“It is paradoxical because (…) we have just had official talks on immigration, which is undoubtedly a positive sign,” the Cuban foreign minister said last week.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega recently said that his government Not interested in participating On an important continental date.

Cuba and Venezuela remain on the blacklist

The US Federal Register published on Friday note It was dated May 11 and signed by Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in which he endorsed Venezuela and Cuba as countries “not fully cooperating with the United States’ counterterrorism efforts.”

Iran, North Korea and Syria also appear on the list.

Cuba was removed from the list in 2015, under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama. Al Jazeera Repurposed to include By Republican Donald Trump, in January 2021, just days after leaving the White House.

Mention a report entitled National Reports on Terrorism 2020 which was published last December.

Foreign Minister Rodriguez Barilla, upon learning of the update of the list, said in Tweet The United States “resorts to slander on such a sensitive issue as a pretext to continue the ongoing economic war that the world rejects.

* Some information for this report came from the Associated Press and Reuters.

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