US President Joe Biden opened the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on Wednesday – a meeting of Western Hemisphere leaders. The summit began in an atmosphere of controversy because of its boycott of the leaders of some countries, including Mexico, after the exclusion of authoritarian regimes in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Opening the summit, Biden said, “The question is no longer on the table today + what the United States can do for the Americas. Speech.

Presenting the meeting starting Wednesday as part of the global struggle between democracy and authoritarianism, the president urged leaders to show that “democracies can offer tangible benefits to citizens.”

The summit announced a number of regional activities and initiatives in the areas of health, technology, energy, climate and migration. Biden also announced a new economic deal, the Partnership for the Economic Prosperity of the Americas, to mobilize additional investment in the region, strengthen supply chains and boost trade.

The President also referred to one of the most sensitive topics, which is immigration. He said that while legal immigration is a positive factor, the United States will continue to combat the uncontrolled movement of people and protect its borders.

Biden’s focus on democracy has been the source of the biggest debate around the summit. After the United States failed to invite the authoritarian governments of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua to a meeting, a number of foreign leaders decided to boycott it. They included Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, as well as the leaders of Bolivia, Uruguay, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Instead, these countries sent their diplomatic chiefs to Los Angeles.

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From Washington, Oscar Gorzinski

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