LOS ANGELES (AP) – President Joe Biden Thursday tried to present a unified vision for the Western Hemisphere, but the US summit quickly escalated into open conflict, highlighting the difficulties in uniting America. Migration, economy and climate.
“There is no reason why the Western Hemisphere should not be the most forward-looking, most democratic, most prosperous, most peaceful and most secure region,” Biden said at the start of the summit. “We have unlimited energy.”
Following Biden’s comments, Belizean Prime Minister John Brizino publicly opposed the US withdrawal from countries from the summit and the continuation of the US embargo on Cuba.
“This summit belongs to the entire United States – so it is inexcusable that there are American countries not present here, and their absence reduces the power of the summit,” Briseno said. “At this crucial moment, when the future of our hemisphere is in jeopardy, we are divided. That is why the Americas Summit must be inclusive. Geography, not politics, defines the United States.
Biden faces further criticism from Argentine President Alberto Fernandez.
“We definitely want a different summit in the United States,” Fernandez said in Spanish. “The silence of those who do not call us.”
The 2001 Quebec Summit saw backlash for the waivers, despite the consensus that an anti-democratic government would not be included in the upcoming conference. The US president then spoke again and tried to smooth out differences by focusing on the problem rather than the guest list.
“I think we had a strong start. We’ve heard that a lot of important ideas have been put forward,” Biden said.
Inequality in wealth, governance and national interests makes it difficult for Fiden to imitate the alliances he forged in Asia and Europe. That already raised low expectations at the first US summit since 1994.
While diplomatic efforts in Congress are polarized by the summit’s boycott and legislative proposals, Biden is focused on getting companies and the private sector to support his efforts. Nevertheless, the summit did not deliver on the promises of the US president, in particular ignoring the important Mexican presidential summit and the uncertainty of whether Latin America has the right incentives to move closer to the United States.
“It is always difficult to find consensus in Latin America,” said Ryan Berg, a Washington-based think tank. “This is a very different area and it’s difficult to speak with one voice.”
On a turbulent diplomatic day, Biden meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Two government officials familiar with the plans told the Associated Press that they had agreed to move to Canada in the coming months. They do not have the authority to discuss this matter publicly and speak anonymously.
Biden has held talks with Brazilian President Jair Bolzano. Allies of former President Donald Trump. Bolzano is running for a second term and has questioned the credibility of his country’s elections, which officials in Washington have warned against.
The crowd could be tense, as the Brazilian leader requested According to three of Brazil’s presidential cabinet ministers, the US president did not speak to him regarding his election attack and demanded that they remain anonymous to discuss the matter.
Biden avoided conflict in his opening remarks to reporters, saying that “the main driver of our relationship is communication between our people.” He also said Brazil had made some “real sacrifices” in protecting the Amazon.
Paulsonaro defended his country’s record in the Amazon by saying, “We are role models in the eyes of the world on the environmental agenda.” He said he was committed to defending democracy and hoped it would help promote peace after Russia’s occupation of Ukraine.
During a day of diplomacy, Vice President Kamala Harris met with Caribbean leaders and talked about clean energy, and First Lady Jill Biden arranged a relationship-building lunch with fellow couples. The day will conclude with dinner at Getty Villa, an art museum overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The nature of democracy becomes a sticking point when planning the guest list for the event. Mexican President Andrs Manuel Lopez Obrador wants the leaders of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua to be invited, but the United States opposes them because it sees them as dictators.
In the end, no agreement was reached and Lopez Obrador decided not to attendThe Presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador did not.
Russia’s occupation of Ukraine has led to close cooperation in Europe, and China’s growing influence has taken several countries in the region by surprise.
One of the challenges is the ambiguous power inequality in the hemisphere.
World Bank data show that the US economy is 14 times larger than Brazil, the second largest economy. The sanctions imposed by Russia by the United States and its allies in Brazil, which imports manure from Russia, are severe. Trade data shows the region has deep ties to China, which has also invested.
This allowed the United States to show Latin America why a close relationship with Washington is so beneficial in a situation where the economy is still struggling to recover from the epidemic and worsening inflation.
Washington book report. Associated Press writers Brasilia, Deborah Alvarez in Brazil, Rob Gillies in Toronto, Canada, and Elliott Spagot in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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