The leaders of Argentina and the US agreed to a meeting bilateral by July 25.
The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, confirmed this Wednesday that it will attend the Summit of the Americas, to be held between June 6 and 10 in Los Angeles (California, USA).
The president assured his participation after having a 25-minute telephone conversation with his American counterpart, Joe Biden, with whom he also agreed to a bilateral meeting for July 25 in the city of Washington, the Télam agency reported.
Fernández is one of the Latin American presidents who asked the White House that no country in the region be excluded from the event, after State Department authorities said that Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua would be excluded from the meeting. However, Fernández did not put conditions on his attendance and said that his intention was to participate.
For his part, the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said that he had suggested to Biden that all the nations of the Americas be represented at the summit, stressing the need for the US to change “policies two centuries ago.”
At the moment, López Obrador is waiting for the White House to summon all the countries, without excluding anyone, to decide whether to attend the multilateral meeting or, if not, send the foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, on behalf of Mexico. For the moment, Biden has only said that he “personally” wants López Obrador to attend the meeting.
In Meanwhile, the president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, warned that “ to persist in the exclusion of brother peoples” , would not travel. “If they want to hold a meeting of friends, let them do so, but they cannot call it the Summit of the Americas,” said Arce.
The same request has been expressed by the presidents from Chile, Gabriel Boric; from Honduras, Xiomara Castro; and Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei.
Last Friday, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua led a meeting in Havana of leaders of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), rejecting to Washington’s decision to marginalize them.
The Summit of the Americas has been held since 1994 and all the countries of the region participate in it to address issues of importance to continental level.