A group of U.S. congressmen urged President Joe Biden to invite Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua to the Summit of the Americas, scheduled to be held June 6-10 in Los Angeles.
In a letter sent to the Democratic president on Thursday, a dozen legislators affirmed that the omission of the governments of these three nations could jeopardize the future of the North American country throughout the region.
The continental meeting will take place at a critical moment for Latin America and the Caribbean as the hemisphere struggles to overcome the health crisis caused by Covid-19 and deal with the impact of climate change, they explained.
They added that, amid this situation, excluding countries could affect U.S. relationship with all American nations and would put some of the ambitious plans contemplated in the White House economic plan, known as Build Back Better at risk.
Cuba denounced in late April its exclusion from preparations for the summit, calling the decision a "historic setback" by the Biden administration.
Since this announcement, the leaders of Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Guatemala, and other territories assured that they would not attend the event if all the countries of the continent were not present.
"If we are truly committed to addressing the complex regional; challenges we face together as in the hemisphere, the Summit must be inclusive in many ways, including engaging as good faith negotiators with countries who do not share our views and political ideas," the congressmen stated.
The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, affirmed that, regardless of the decision made by Washington, he would not attend the event.
The letter's signatories include Gregory Meeks, Hair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and longtime advocates of normalization relations with Cuba such as James McGovern and Barbara Lee.