The government of Cuba may not have received an official invitation from the United States to attend the IX Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, but the island’s people were officially welcomed during last evening’s opening ceremony.
Also receiving a welcome were the people of Nicaragua and Venezuela.
The Biden Administration did not send official invitations to the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela since the US opposes the “undemocratic” leadership of those countries.
A number of Caribbean and Latin American countries expressed their opposition to the US exclusion of Cuba and Venezuela.
Most of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) leaders are attending the summit in person despite their previous opposition and plans to boycott.
St Vincent and the Grenadines, which has close ties to Venezuela and Cuba, is the only state to completely boycott the summit.
“I’m not going because I don’t see what is to be gained from going. And as presently advised, as I say, I’m not supporting or sending anybody,” Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said during a radio program on June 1.
“Because if you invite me to come to your house and I say, as a matter of principle I ain’t coming because you shouldn’t be excluding people, how could I then send somebody else?”
Mexican President Andr?s Lopez Obrador also skipped the event but his foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, is attending in his place.