President Joe Biden has invited round 110 nations to a digital summit on democracy in December, together with main Western allies but additionally Iraq, India and Pakistan, in response to a listing posted on the State Department web site on Tuesday.
China, the United States’ principal rival, isn’t invited, whereas Taiwan is — a transfer that dangers angering Beijing. Turkey, which like America is a member of NATO, can be lacking from the record of members.
Among the nations of the Middle East, solely Israel and Iraq will happen within the on-line convention, scheduled for December 9-10.
Traditional Arab allies of the US — Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, will not be invited.
Biden invited Brazil regardless that its far proper president, Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized as having an authoritarian bent and was a agency supporter of Donald Trump.
In Europe, Poland was invited to the summit regardless of persistent rigidity with the European Union over its human rights file. Hungary, led by hardline nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, was not invited.
In Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Nigeria and Niger are among the many nations on the record.
In saying the summit again in August, the White House mentioned the assembly would “galvanize commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights.”
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