In less than a month it will take place the Summit of the Americas in the city of Los Angeles, United States. The initial intention of the administration headed by President Joe Biden is to exclude the dictatorships of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua from invitations. Both the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and that of Bolivia, Luis Arce, have threatened not to go in case these invitations are not made effective. Basically, it is a demand under the pretext of a need to be “tolerant” towards regimes that, in the end, have hijacked the freedom of their fellow citizens, to say the least.
The pressure that has been decided to be launched from a sector of the Latin American left towards the Biden administration puts to the test the firmness that should be expected from Americans towards autocratic governments, enemies of freedom and openly anti-American. In this sense, the White House has every right not to invite rulers and “revolutionaries” who consider the United States to be their enemies to its own soil. Ultimately, it is a gesture of reciprocity that keeps a space of understanding.
However, in the Venezuelan case, there is a hint of diplomatic incoherence. Why? If the White House continues to recognize Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, why not invite him? In this framework, this question should be contemplated within the discussion. Why until now has the debate focused on inviting Maduro or not and not Juan Guaidó?
Biden is in time to show concrete and coherent actions regarding his foreign policy towards Latin America and, especially, towards Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.