The White House has reaffirmed its commitment to hosting the next Summit of the Americas, scheduled to take place next summer.
The Biden administration said in a Thursday statement that it will be the first time the U.S. has hosted the summit â€• which is the only meeting of all leaders from North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean â€• since the inaugural year of the gathering in 1994.
Donald Trump was the first U.S. president to skip a Summit of the Americas, choosing in 2018 to not attend the meeting. The decision was lambasted by some analysts at the time as a â€œshocking abandonmentâ€ of regional leadership.
Adam Ratzlaff, a researcher of Latin American foreign and public affairs, said in an opinion piece earlier this year that observers were â€œcautiously optimisticâ€œ that the United Statesâ€™ hosting of the 2022 summit could mark the beginning of a positive new chapter for regional cooperation.
Leaders â€œacross the Americas should embrace the upcoming summit as an opportunity to improve and invigorate hemispheric affairs,â€ Ratzlaff said.
Miami was the host city of the first Summit of the Americas, which is held every three years, but next yearâ€™s host city remains unknown. The White House said it would be releasing more details about the 2022 summit at a later date.
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