Washington mulls final invite list for Americas summit -U.S. officials

MEXICO CITY, June 1 (Reuters) – The United States is still working on a final guest list ahead of next week’s Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, senior U.S. officials said on Wednesday, after weeks tension around several countries that should be excluded. .

Preparations for the summit have been clouded by the threat of an embarrassing boycott from some regional leaders, including Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, if Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are not invited.

“We still have some final considerations, but we will, I think, be briefing people publicly soon,” White House Latin America adviser Juan Gonzalez said in a call with reporters.

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Lopez Obrador, who received an invite last week, has yet to say whether he will attend.

Gonzalez said President Joe Biden’s administration was in talks with Mexico over Lopez Obrador’s insistence that Cuba attend the summit.

US officials are considering inviting a lower-ranking Cuban representative in a bid to appease Lopez Obrador and other leaders, according to two sources in Washington.

“(Biden) very personally wants the president of Mexico to be there,” Gonzalez added.

Even if Lopez Obrador is not present, Washington plans to maintain cooperation with Mexico and present a regional migration plan at the summit, he said.

The rally aims to bring together the countries from which migrants depart and pass through as well as the countries of destination to show that “the challenge of migration is not the one at the US border,” Gonzalez said.

Brian Nichols, US Assistant Secretary of State, said the “shared approach” could include ensuring documentation, public services, ethical recruitment and legal migration pathways in countries receiving migrants.

The summit will take place in the United States for the first time since 1994. Washington has said it only wants leaders of democracy-friendly administrations to attend and that leftist governments in Venezuela and Nicaragua will not be invited .

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Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon in Mexico City and Matt Spetalnick in Washington; additional reporting by Katharine Jackson; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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