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Newsline: Mexico top diplomat accuses U.S. of inconsistency in Americas Summit invitations

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Tuesday accused the United States of double standards by refusing to invite Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua to the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas, while engaging with non-democratic governments in Southeast Asia. “The so-called democratic clause is not applied equally in all cases, but only in some, when it is convenient,” Ebrard wrote in a column published in Mexican newspaper Excelsior, pointing to Washington’s relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and forming the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in May. Ebrard called the U.S. decision “inconsistent, if not contradictory.” (https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexico-foreign-minister-accuses-us-inconsistency-americas-summit-invitations-2022-06-07/) Among ASEAN’s members are Myanmar, ruled by a military junta, and one-party Communist-ruled Vietnam. The United States chose not to invite the leftist leaders of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Communist-ruled Cuba to this week’s Americas gathering in Los Angeles, citing concerns of a lack of democracy in their countries, a senior U.S. official said.

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