The President of the United States has invited some 110 countries, including Belgium.

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Joe Biden has invited some 110 countries, including Belgium, which will participate in its virtual summit for democracy in December, including the main Western allies of the United States, but also Iraq, India or Pakistan, according to the list posted Tuesday on the site of the US State Department.

The summit, scheduled for December 9 and 10, will focus on three main themes, namely defending against authoritarianism, tackling and combating corruption and promoting respect for human rights.

The US State Department says participating leaders “will be encouraged to announce specific actions and commitments” to advance the summit’s goals.

A second summit, which the US government hopes to organize, is scheduled a year later.

China, the main rival of the United States, is not invited, unlike Taiwan. Unsurprisingly, Beijing “strongly condemned” this summit.

Turkey, Washington’s ally within NATO, is not among the participating countries either.

In the Middle East, only Israel and Iraq were invited to this online meeting organized by the US president on December 9 and 10. The traditional Arab allies of the Americans, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, are absent.

Joe Biden also invited Brazil, which is led by controversial far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

In Europe, Poland is represented, despite recurring tensions with Brussels over respect for the rule of law, but the Hungary of the very controversial Prime Minister Viktor Orban is not.

On the African side, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Niger are among the invited countries.


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