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Excluding certain countries from the Summit of the Americas goes against history and the future, according to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

​Excluding some countries from the Summit of the Americas runs counter to history and the future, according to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The exclusion of countries from multilateral forums on the basis of political differences, as the United States did at the recent Summit of the Americas, is an “untenable” position that goes “against history and the future,” said Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

In a column published Friday in the newspaper Reforma, he reiterates Mexico’s rejection of the exclusion of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela from the meeting held in Los Angeles earlier this month, defending the president’s refusal Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador to attend in protest.

This column is a direct response to that published Thursday in the same newspaper by US Senator Bob Menendez, who criticized the absence of Mr. Lopez Obrador and called it a mistake to defend the excluded governments.

“The president believes in inclusion and plurality, where different points of view are heard and weighed among sovereign and equal nations,” noted the Mexican minister.

Mr. Ebrard adds that the absence of Mr. Lopez Obrador and his objection to these exclusions from the summit “sent a powerful message in favor of inclusion”, an idea “widely supported in the Americas and (which is not) not just a Mexican whim”.

“We do not accept the principle of intervention or unilateral decisions to decide who is American and who is not at a summit of the whole region,” he said, while reiterating the rejection by his country of the American blockade against Cuba.

The head of Mexican diplomacy stresses his country’s message that it is time to establish “an inter-American system based on respect, equal treatment and the common good, a Pan-American concept for the 21st century”.

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