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PM Browne to boycott Summit of the Americas

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by Carlena Knight (Antigua Observer) The nation’s leader is standing in solidarity with allies Venezuela and Cuba by pledging to boycott the upcoming Summit of the Americas.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne told Observer on Wednesday that no definitive decision had been made regarding the country’s attendance, but Cabinet confirmed a day later that Browne “would not be participating under these conditions”.

Information Minister Melford Nicholas told media yesterday it would be a “slap in the face” to Venezuela if PM Browne was to attend when Nicolas Maduro, who Antigua and Barbuda recognises as Venezuela’s president, had not been invited by host nation the US, along with the leaders of Cuba and Nicaragua.

The US has invited Juan Guiado, who it regards as Venezuela’s interim president, to the summit taking place in Los Angeles in June.

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