AMLO says he will ask Cuba to attend the Summit of the Americas

“I will insist with President (Joe) Biden that no country in the Americas be excluded from the summit,” said the Mexican leader.

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, affirmed this Sunday (05.08.2022) that he will insist that Washington include Cuba in the next Summit of the Americasduring a visit to the island against the backdrop of relations with the United States in the midst of a massive migratory wave.

“I will insist with President (Joe) Biden that no country in the Americas be excluded from next month’s summit, to be held in Los Angeles, California, and that the authorities of each country freely decide whether or not to attend said meeting. , but let no one exclude anyone,” declared López Obrador, after being decorated with the José Martí Order.

The summit, from which Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela have been excluded, will emphasize the migration crisis, a topic that centered the tour that López Obrador concludes this Sunday on the island, after visiting Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

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For his part, President Díaz-Canel said he agreed with the Mexican president “on the inappropriateness of the unjustified exclusions of countries in our region from hemispheric events, as it seems will happen” with the meeting in Los Angeles.

López Obrador makes his visit to Cuba when this month marks the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations. Mexico was the only Latin American country that did not join the isolation of the Government of Fidel Castro in the 1960s, which included the separation of Havana from the Organization of American States (OAS), and maintained its relations and trade with the island.

The Mexican ruler was received this Sunday by Díaz-Canel with military honors at the Palace of the Revolution, where both held official talks and signed cooperation agreements on health. In his speech, López Obrador assured that he will continue to “insist” so that “the United States lifts the blockade” against Cuba, facing its worst economic crisis in almost three decades, and expressed his hope that “the revolution will be reborn in the revolution” and that “is capable of renewal”.

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From October 2021 to March 2022, more than 78,000 Cubans entered US territory through the border with Mexico, according to the US Customs office, which adds Cuba to the migration problem between the two northern countries.

Havana has migratory agreements in force with Washington, which have been paralyzed since 2017. According to these agreements, the United States must deliver 20,000 annual permanent emigration visas to Cubans and return groups of irregular migrants intercepted on the high seas. And Cuba must prevent illegal emigration by persuasive methods and reintegrate those returned without legal consequences.

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