Los Angeles will host the Summit of the Americas for the first time, announces Joe Biden

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Los Angeles will host the IX Summit of the Americas in June of this year with the aim of building a better future for the American continent, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Tuesday in a statement.

The previous meeting, which brings together the leaders of the American continent, was held in Lima, Peru, in 2018.

“The national interests of the United States are inextricably linked to the fate of our closest neighbors in the Americas,” the US president said in a statement.

Biden affirmed that one of the objectives of the meeting will be to “close the gap” between what the democracies of the continent promise and what they carry out, something that depends on the actions taken together, he said.

Therefore, the summit will revolve around the idea of ​​”building a sustainable, resilient and equitable future” for the continent, explained the president.

It will be the first time that the US has organized this summit, which is held every three or four years, since the original edition in Miami in 1994.

The specific venue(s) for the summit in Los Angeles has not yet been disclosed.

Previous Summits of the Americas

So far, eight ordinary summits have been held: Miami (1994), Santiago de Chile (1998), Québec (Canada, 2001), Mar del Plata (Argentina, 2005), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago, 2009), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia, 2012), Panama (2015) and Lima (Peru, 2018).

But nevertheless, only at the summit held in Panama City in 2015 did all the leaders of the 35 countries attend that make up the Organization of American States (OAS) and to which Cuba also joined.

The 2018 Lima event was marked by the absence of Venezuela, to which Peru, the host country, withdrew the invitation on the grounds that its government is responsible for the political and social crisis in that nation.

In addition, in 2018, the US president did not attend for the first time, because the then president, Donald Trump (2017-2021), delegated his representation at the meeting to Vice President Mike Pence.

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