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Mexico to talk to U.S. delegation, insists all countries have to attend Americas summit

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he won't attend the upcoming Summit of the Americas unless the U.S. invites Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and others.
Image: Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at his daily morning news conference in Mexico City on March 21.Marco Ugarte / AP file
/ Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Monday that he will receive a delegation on Wednesday of organizers of the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas, in which his government will set out why it wants all countries in the region to take part.

Speaking at a news conference, López Obrador said the United States’ Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, would take part in the talks.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in a tweet that the Special Advisor for the Summit of the Americas, Christopher Dodd, charged with organizing the event to be held in Los Angeles next month, also will attend.

The leftist president announced the visit of the delegation after saying Ebrard would speak with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken later on Monday.

López Obrador has said he will not attend the summit unless the United States invites all the countries in the Americas. He has been particularly insistent that Cuba should be there.

Other Latin American leaders have made similar statements, or backed the thrust of Lopez Obrador’s position. 

However, a senior U.S. official said last month that Cuba, Nicaragua and the government of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro were unlikely to be invited to the summit.

Lopez Obrador said the United States had not ruled out that all countries in the Americas could take part, noting that formal invitations had not yet been sent out.

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