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Biden calls on Latin America to resolve conflicts in democracy | The Most Important News and Analysis of Latin America | D.W.

When US President Joe Biden opened the US summit on Wednesday (06.08.2022) which was ignored by many regional leaders due to differences with Washington, he said that differences in democracy could be resolved “with mutual respect and dialogue.”

The president said in Los Angeles, the city where the largest Hispanic community in the United States lives, that democracy is “an essential raw material for the future.”

“Our region is large and diverse. We do not always agree on everything, but in a democracy we approach our differences with mutual respect and dialogue,” he said.

The summit is marked by the neglect of some heads of state, especially the leaders of countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia and Honduras.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blames the White House for ousting the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela because Washington did not invite them because it considered failing to meet democratic standards.

As stated in the Inter-American Charter of Democracy, “democracy is the hallmark of our region,” the president said during his inauguration, in which children and young people sang, danced, and presented countries to the public.

Biden urged participants, including representatives of civil society and the private sector, to “demonstrate to our people that bold ideas, ambitious actions and the incredible power of democracy bring positive benefits and improve lives.”

“What the United States will do for the United States is not just a question? The question is what we can achieve by recognizing both our personal sovereignty and our sharing, and working together as genuine partners with mutual and equal respect and diversity.”

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Since coming to the White House in January 2021, Biden has stressed that Latin America is not America’s backyard and wants a relationship between equals.

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