President Joe Biden’s plan to reboot US engagement with Latin America — especially on critical topics like migration — took a hit after key partner Mexico snubbed a regional summit in Los Angeles to protest Washington’s exclusion of three far-left countries. A senior White House official confirmed that Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela were barred from the Summit of the Americas due to “lack of democratic space and the human rights situations.” For more analysis, joining FRANCE 24 is Dr. Ryan Berg, Political Scientist and Senior Fellow in the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Berg agrees with the Biden administration’s decision to keep these three countries off the guest list. “I think the Biden administration here is right. They took a principled stance against inviting repressive dictators to a summit that is really about celebrating democracy and talking about how do we consolidate democracy in the region, how do we fortify it, where do we go moving forward from here after a terrible Covid experience in the region.” Making a reference to a resolution that was passed at the 2001 Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, he highlights that “this was less a US decision than it was a US decision to uphold what had been a consensus opinion throughout the region.”

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