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Washington mulls final invite list for Americas summit


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By Daina Beth Solomon and Matt Spetalnick

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – America remains to be hammering out a last visitor checklist forward of subsequent week’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, senior U.S. officers mentioned on Wednesday, after weeks of rigidity round a number of international locations anticipated to be excluded.

Summit preparations have been clouded by the specter of an embarrassing boycott by some regional leaders, together with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, if Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua usually are not invited.

“We nonetheless have some last issues, however we’ll, I believe, inform individuals publicly quickly,” White Home Latin America adviser Juan Gonzalez mentioned in a name with reporters.

Lopez Obrador, who acquired an invite final week, has but to say whether or not he’ll attend.

Gonzalez mentioned President Joe Biden’s administration has been in talks with Mexico over Lopez Obrador’s insistence that Cuba attend the summit.

U.S. officers are contemplating inviting a lower-ranking Cuban consultant in an effort to mollify Lopez Obrador and different leaders, in line with two sources in Washington.

“(Biden) very personally desires the president of Mexico there,” Gonzalez added.

Even when Lopez Obrador doesn’t attend, Washington plans to keep up cooperation with Mexico and current a regional migration plan on the summit, he mentioned.

The gathering goals to deliver collectively nations migrants depart from and move by way of in addition to vacation spot international locations to point out that “the migration problem isn’t one that’s on the U.S. border,” Gonzalez mentioned.

Brian Nichols, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, mentioned the “shared strategy” might embrace guaranteeing documentation, public providers, moral job recruitment and pathways for authorized migration in international locations that host migrants.

The summit will happen in the US for the primary time since 1994. Washington has mentioned it solely wished leaders of administrations that respect democracy to attend, and that the leftist governments of Venezuela and Nicaragua wouldn’t be invited.