Xiomara Castro: My government has good relations with the United States.
Honduran President Xiomara Castro, who will not be attending the Summit of the Americas, said in a tweet on Tuesday that her country “will be present” at the summit and said it has good relations with the United States.
Honduras will be present at the Summit in Los Angeles, California, with our Minister of Foreign Affairs, @EnriqueReinaHN, the Minister of Economic Development, Pedro Barquero, and the Private Secretary, Héctor Zelaya. My government has good relations with the United States.
— Zelaya’s Xiomara Castro (@XiomaraCastroZ) June 7, 2022
On behalf of Castro, a delegation led by Foreign Minister Enrique Reina and Private Secretary to the Presidency Héctor Zelaya, who is Castro’s son, will attend.
On May 28, Castro posted on his Twitter account that he would only attend the Summit if “all countries of the Americas, without exception” were invited.
A senior US official confirmed to CNN on Monday that the governments of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela would not be invited to the summit due to the lack of democratic spaces and the human rights situation in those countries. Host countries have wide discretion in deciding who they invite, the official said.
Various sectors in Honduras are concerned about Castro’s non-attendance at the Summit, given the relationship he established months before assuming the presidency with the United States government and which was strengthened by the visit. during his January 27 inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris.