WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden’s administration puts the finishing touches on an agenda America summit next week in Los Angeles, but it is still unclear whether Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will attend.
His absence would be a setback for the United States, which is hosting the summit for the first time since 1994. Mexico is one of the United States’ most important trading partners and the second most populous country in Latin America.
López Obrador has said he does not want to go unless all countries in the region are invited, but the US has resisted inviting autocratic governments like Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. He said Monday that Biden “couldn’t give us an answer, but it’s time and we trust him and we’ll wait.”
“If all countries are invited, I will attend the summit,” said López Obrador. “If not all countries are invited, the government representative Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will attend.”
Senior administration officials, who declined to be identified while discussing the planning of the summit, played down the question of whether López Obrador will be there. Although they insisted that the event, which takes place every few years, is an important opportunity for national leaders to meet, they also said that López Obrador’s attendance would not undermine US efforts to address issues such as migration .
Officials said the US is planning an ambitious agenda but shared few details. Vice President Kamala Harris will lead a new partnership focused on climate change in the Caribbean, officials said, and the government is preparing new efforts to strengthen health systems across the hemisphere. Further talks on the subject of migration are planned.
A question about participation in the summit seems to have been resolved. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has decided to leaveaccording to three senior officials in his government.
Brazil’s right-wing leader, an ally of former President Donald Trump, has yet to meet with Biden.
Associated Press writer Christopher Sherman in Mexico City contributed to this report.
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