Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador revealed Monday that he will not be attending this week’s Summit of the Americas.
The summit will focus in part on the migration problem. According to Reuters, Lopez Obrador had previously threatened to boycott the meeting if the Biden administration didn’t include Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
Lopez Obrador revealed his plans to formally skip the event shortly after the administration confirmed that three countries would not be invited. According to the AP, Lopez Obrador stated that Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua’s absence were behind his decision.
“There can’t be a summit if all countries aren’t invited,” he said. “Or there can be one, but only with the politics of interventionism continuing.”
The Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has chosen to send his foreign minister instead, according to NBC News. Even so, the Mexican president’s cancellation is a setback for Biden’s efforts in hosting the summit.
The Mexican president wasn’t the only one to threaten a boycott. Argentina and Honduras also suggested they would back Lopez Obrador’s decision, according to The Associated Press. The affair prompted Biden and VP Kamala Harris to contact each other on the phone in an attempt to ensure high turnout.
The Biden administration ultimately decided against inviting the three countries because of concerns regarding human rights and a lack of democracy, according to Reuters.
America’s southern border has experienced a record surge of migrants in recent months. According to NBC News, the number of unaccompanied minors detained at the U.S.-Mexico border hit a record high this year.
While the Biden administration is under pressure to find a solution that will please both American citizens and the governments of Central American countries, he has also been caught flying in many illegals into red-states.
It is unclear what will happen at this year’s summit in light of Lopez Obrador’s cancellation, but it is sure to be a tense meeting. With so much at stake, it remains to be seen if any progress can be made on the issue of migration.
Over the past year, Lopez Obrador has taken a hands-off approach to the migrant issue. He has refused to help the U.S. in its efforts to curb the flow of migrants and has instead focused on improving economic conditions in Central America.