LA will host the 2022 Summit of the Americas, the White House reports – Pasadena Star News

The Biden administration has chosen Los Angeles to host a summit of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, which is an important part of its spread to a region that is increasingly being wooed by US opponents such as Russia and China.

The summit in America, taking place in the week of June 6, will focus on defending democracy and human rights in the Western Hemisphere, as well as addressing irregular migration, climate change and efforts to ensure equitable growth as the region emerges from Covid. 19 pandemic, a senior congressional assistant briefed by the State Department told the Associated Press.

“Los Angeles has a rich history of bringing the world together to share ideas and celebrate what we all have in common as members of the global community,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“With our deep cultural and economic ties throughout the hemisphere, LA is the perfect host for this gathering, and we know this gathering will benefit our community and our local economy. I am grateful to the Biden administration for choosing our bid. , and I am pleased to welcome the summit to our city. “

LA will already be busy that week – the event will coincide with California’s primary election on June 7th.

It is the first time the United States has hosted the Central Regional Assembly since 1994, when President Bill Clinton hosted regional leaders in Miami to push for a free trade agreement stretching from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

But with the ambitious goal long ago set amid a rise in left-wing, anti-American policies in several parts of the region, many experts have questioned the need for an expensive assembly of more than 30 heads of state, each pushing their own bilateral agenda with Washington but often cooperates a little with each other.

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