November 28, 2021

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Biden invited more than 100 countries to attend the democratic summit, including Slovakia

Hungary, led by the nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, did not receive an invitation from the V4 countries.

US President Joe Biden invited about 110 countries, including key Western allies, as well as Iraq, India and Pakistan, to a virtual democratic summit in December. AFP reported on Wednesday evening that the list of world leaders was published on the website of the US State Department.

China, the main rival of the United States, is not invited to the summit, while Taiwan is. According to Agence France-Presse, Washington risks angering Beijing. Russia and Turkey are also missing from the list of participants.

From the Middle East, only Israel and Iraq will attend the conference on December 9-10. The traditional Arab allies of the United States – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – are also not invited.

Biden also invited Brazil, although far-right head of state Jair Bolsonaro, a supporter of former US President Donald Trump, has been criticized for his authoritarian leanings, according to AFP.

Among the European countries invited, for example, Poland, despite the ongoing tensions between Warsaw and the European Union over respect for human rights. Hungary, led by the nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, did not receive an invitation from the V4 countries. Slovakia and the Czech Republic were also invited to the summit.

Among the African countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of South Africa (South Africa), Nigeria and Niger are on the list.

The August White House statement said the virtual summit in December would catalyze commitments and initiatives around three main themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption and promoting human rights.

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