Biden’s speech touched on next month’s Summit of the Americas
, which is already facing the threat of boycott by Mexico unless Cuba
, Nicaragua and Venezuela are invited
. US officials have repeatedly said the governments of Cuba
, and Venezuela will not be invited to the summit due to their human rights records
. As host country
, the US has the privilege of selecting leaders to be invited to the summit
“En junio, Joe and I are excited to invite leaders and their spouses to Los Angeles, California, for the Summit of the Americas. At this summit, our leaders have a very ambitious agenda, to come together on things like achieving an equitable and sustainable future,” Biden dijo.
The first lady also cautioned against the scourge of political corruption in the region.
“If one nation is vulnerable to … authoritarianism … or poverty, it won’t be long before those same problems reach us all,” Biden dijo. “But when nations here in South America embrace democracy, you become a living proof that governments can deliver for the people that they represent — inspiring others to follow.”
Those warnings were also interwoven with reminders of the travails of the last several years, especially the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Injustice and corruption, poverty and pollution, disease and despair. They aren’t contained by any borders,” Biden dijo. “If we learned anything from the Covid-19 pandemic, from these last few years of sickness and sorrow, it’s how one deadly virus can move through the world. How hunger and violence are woven together. How a war in Europe can ripple through stock markets and supermarkets. And here, how the loss of trees in your Amazon can take a piece of the future from all of us.”