Cuban ruler Miguel Díaz-Canel has effectively laughed in the face of the leaders of Mexico, Argentina, and other Latin American countries who went out of their way to defend the Cuban dictatorship at the recent Summit of the Americas that President Joe Biden hosted in Los Angeles.
On June 13, the very first work day after the summit had ended — and as participating delegations were just returning to their home countries — the Cuban regime slapped draconian sentences of up to 25 years in prison on 381 peaceful protesters who had participated in the last summer’s anti-government demonstrations.
For weeks before the summit, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made a big fuss about Biden’s decision not to invite the Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan dictatorships to the meeting. When Biden made his final decision not to invite these regimes, López Obrador boycotted it and sent his foreign minister instead.
Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard then used much of his opening speech at the summit to berate the United States for not inviting Cuba and Venezuela. Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández, who attended the summit, did much the same in his speech, as did the prime minister of Belize and other participating heads of state.
In fact, Biden had made the right decision. Under a resolution issued by the Summit of the Americas in 2001, only democratic countries should be invited to these regional meetings