Mexican foreign minister expects prompt response from U.S. on Americas summit proposal

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Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks as he attends a news conference with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Todd Robinson in Tijuana, Mexico May 12, 2022. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes

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MEXICO CITY, May 18 (Reuters) - Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Wednesday the country hopes to receive a response from the United States later in the day or by Thursday regarding Mexico's proposal for all countries in the region to attend the Summit of the Americas.

Ebrard was speaking to reporters following an earlier call with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. special adviser Christopher Dodd.

"Dodd said, 'I'll take (the proposal) and I'll give you a response in the next few hours or tomorrow, President Biden's response to everything Lopez Obrador proposed,'" Ebrard said.

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The foreign minister said Mexico would not pressure the United States for a response and that "it's their decision."

"I'm optimistic," Ebrard added.

A growing number of Latin American leaders have said they would not attend the conference or not attend if all countries in the region were not invited.

In April, a senior U.S. official said Cuba, Nicaragua and the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro were unlikely to receive invitations. read more

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Reporting by Raul Cortes; Writing by Kylie Madry; editing by Cassandra Garrison, Bernard Orr

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