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Cuba Says US Planning to Exclude it From Summit of the Americas

Cuba Says US Planning to Exclude it From Summit of the Americas

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, in a televised address to reporters in Havana, acknowledged some "positive signs" emanating from the U.S. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images)

Monday, 25 April 2022 11:41 AM EDT

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Monday that the United States decided to exclude Cuba from preparations for a summit of regional leaders, a setback for relations days after the long-time rivals held their first high-level talks in four years.

Rodriguez said the U.S. was pressuring regional governments to block Cuba from participating in the Summit of the Americas in June in Los Angeles.

"The government of the United States has decided to exclude Cuba from the preparations for the 9th Summit of the Americas," Rodriguez said. "I respectfully call on Secretary of State (Antony) Blinken to say, in an honest way, if Cuba will be invited or not to the 9th Summit of the Americas."

The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Rodriguez's statement.

Cuba participated in the 2015 and 2018 summits, after allying governments pressured for their inclusion, but had not previously attended the summits.

Rodriguez, in a televised address to reporters in Havana, acknowledged some "positive signs" emanating from the U.S., including last week's talks between Cuba and U.S. officials in Washington to discuss a surge in Cuban migrants arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Those talks, however, did not yield fresh agreements to deal with the burgeoning crisis.

Communist-run Cuba has maintained that the U.S. is seeking to foment strife and suffering on the island by tightening Cold War-era sanctions to create economic hardship while at the same time throwing up barriers to migration.

The island's government has demanded the U.S. issue more visas and restore consular services in Havana for Cubans wishing to travel to the U.S.

The U.S. embassy in Havana in 2017 slashed staffing and moved visa services for Cubans wishing to travel to the U.S. to third countries, including Guyana, in South America, after some of its workers began to complain of unexplained health problems.

The number of Cuban migrants arriving at the border with the U.S. has recently spiked amid economic crisis in Cuba, nearly doubling in March over the previous month. 

© 2022 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


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Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Monday that the United States decided to exclude Cuba from preparations for a summit of regional leaders, a setback for relations just days after the long-time rivals held their first high level talks in four years.
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