Brazil did not invite the U.S. to the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) summit despite a $500 million pledge from President Joe Biden to the Amazon Fund.
The move stands in contrast with other Western nations such as Germany that have been invited following their donations.
— Keith Westbrook (@kcjw33) August 9, 2023
"The two-day ACTO summit hosted in the city of Belém by radical leftist Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will gather the presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, and Peru, in addition to the European representatives," Breitbart News reported.
"Venezuela’s socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro was slated to participate in the encounter but canceled his participation early Tuesday morning 'on medical recommendation' due to an alleged ear infection; Venezuelan 'vice president' Delcy Rodríguez will attend in his stead," it added.
South American leaders seek an ambitious roadmap to stop deforestation at the two-day meeting of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization in Belem, near the Amazon riverhttps://t.co/nKszDsWZfc
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"The summit is a key test for veteran leftist Lula, who previously served as president from 2003 to 2010 and returned to office in January vowing 'Brazil is back' in the fight against climate change after four years of surging destruction in the Amazon under his far-right predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro," claimed TRT World.
"Brazil said its goals for the summit included the creation of an international police task force for the region and a scientific research group modeled on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the advisory board to the UN climate talks," it continued.
It is unclear why the U.S. was not invited, though the nation has had its controversy with Brazil over Bolsenaro.
The former president stayed in Florida for some time after leaving Brazil following the nation's last election, with some Brazilians upset over the move.
President Joe Biden has also not been traveling internationally as much in recent weeks. He has instead continued to return to his Delaware home, with growing concerns about his health if he wins a second term in office.
The conference snub and its reasons are unclear but the U.S. is left out of a major international conference and the president himself may be the main reason.