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Biden invites 110 countries to a virtual summit on democracy

 US President Joe Biden has invited the leaders of about 110 countries to participate in a virtual summit on democracy that he intends to organize next December, according to a list published by the US State Department on Tuesday.

It included, in particular, along with his country's Western allies, countries such as Iraq, India and Pakistan.

The Biden administration has also invited Taiwan to attend the summit, according to a list of participants released Tuesday. The move is likely to infuriate China, which considers the democratically governed island part of its territory.

Biden did not invite China, the main rival of the United States, to the summit, in a move that would anger Beijing.

Turkey, an ally of the United States in NATO, was also emptied from the list of invited countries.

Biden invited the summit to be held on December 9-10, Brazil, even though the giant Latin American country is led by a controversial hard-right president, Jair Bolsonaro.

And from Europe, the list of countries invited to participate in the summit included Poland, which the European Union accuses of not respecting the rule of law, but in return it was devoid of Hungary, which is led by a very controversial Prime Minister, Viktor Orban.

As for the brown continent, the list of invited countries included South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Niger.


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