US Official: Biden Considers Cuba’s Invitation to Summit of the Americas

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is considering inviting a Cuban representative to the Summit of the Americas, a U.S. official said Friday, as his administration tries to salvage an event that risks collapsing over guest list disagreements. .

It is unclear whether Cuba would accept the invitation, the US official said, that it would be extended to someone in the Foreign Ministry to join as an observer, but not to the Foreign Minister himself, and not as a full participant.

The US official declined to be identified speaking about sensitive deliberations. A National Security Council spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on whether he would be invited to Cuba.

The Summit of the Americas involves countries of the Americas, from Canada to Chile. It is scheduled to kick off in just over two weeks in Los Angeles, in the United States for the first time since the inaugural event in Miami in 1994.

But planning has been clouded by confusion, with key leaders including Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. threatening to skip because Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua were not expected to be invited.

Chris Dodd, a former US senator from Connecticut handpicked by Biden as a special adviser for the summit, spent two hours on Zoom with López Obrador this week.

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday that the administration is having “candid and constructive conversations” but declined to say more.

López Obrador said on Friday that the summit is still being analyzed and that “we want everyone to be invited.”

“We have a very good relationship with President Biden,” he said, adding that “we have been in talks.”

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Associated Press writer María Verza contributed from Mexico City.

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