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Newsline: Top US diplomat says Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua won’t be invited to Summit of the Americas

The State Department’s top diplomat for the Western Hemisphere said he doesn’t expect to see representatives from Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua at June’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. In an interview with Western Hemisphere Assistant Secretary of State Brian Nichols, NTN24 anchor Gustau Alegret asked the diplomat whether the United States would invite leaders of the three countries to the upcoming summit. “Cuba, Nicaragua, the [Nicolás] Maduro regime [in Venezuela] do not respect the Inter-American Democratic Charter, and therefore I don’t expect their presence,” replied Nichols. Alegret followed up by asking whether Cuba, whose leaders attended the 2015 edition of the summit, would be invited. “No,” replied Nichols. “It’s the president’s decision, but I think the president has been very clear about the presence of countries that by their actions do not respect democracy – they will not receive invitations.” (https://news.yahoo.com/top-us-diplomat-cuba-venezuela-191536740.html) While the potential absence of the Venezuelan regime and of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is less controversial – the United States does not formally recognize Maduro and Ortega’s 2021 re-election is widely viewed as fraudulent – excluding Cuba is likely to rub many Latin American countries the wrong way.

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