Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced that his country was not interested in traveling to the United States, after thanking Latin American presidents for requesting that all countries in the region be invited to the Summit of the Americas in California.
“We understand the concerns and attitudes of the governments and presidents of Latin America that are raising this issue, and we appreciate their courage to counter the way Yankees are marginalized in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua in the current events, ”Ortega said. ”
The Nicaraguan president added that this summit “does not glorify anyone but distorts him” and in return invited the European Union, the United States and Canada to attend the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States “CELAC” summit. , in terms of the countries of this bloc.
He explained his country’s position: “We have a Latin American and Caribbean group, which is a powerful tool to say to the European Union: Let’s meet, together with the United States and Canada. Yes, we are ready for another one from the Caribbean. group. invite them they can join without any declarations they won’t make. ” because there are countries here. ”
Earlier, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatti refused to attend the Summit of the Americas scheduled for June 6-10, viewing Washington’s criticism of the reappointment of the Guatemalan attorney general as an expression of interference and disrespect for a small country.
U.S. State Department spokesman Brian Nichols said the participation of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in the summit, to be held in California at the end of April, is unlikely, while the presidents of Mexico and Bolivia are opposed to such a decision, and if everyone says they will not attend it in person. Countries in the region did not receive invitations to participate.
It is noteworthy that meetings of heads of state and government have not been held regularly at the Summit of the Americas since 1994, and the area of free trade was first planned to be discussed at the continental level, and 35 countries participate in these summits. . .
Authorities in Peru, which held the last summit of the Americas in 2018, withdrew the invitation of the Venezuelan government delegation and invited irregular opposition numbers from this country instead of officials. That year, for the first time in its history, after that summit, U.S. President Donald Trump did not attend.
Source: RIA Novosti
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