Biden to conduct virtual democracy summit with 110 countries including India

US traditional Arab allies – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Jordan are also not present in the list.

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New Delhi: US President Joe Biden has invited 110 countries to a virtual summit on democracy which is to be held in December, including Iraq, Pakistan and India with other major Western allies, according to the list released by the State Department on their official website on Tuesday.

However, China is not invited as they are US’ principal rival. Turkey, being a member of NATO is also missing from the participant’s list.

Only Israel and Iraq from the Middle Eastern countries will be taking part in the online conference.

US traditional Arab allies – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Jordan are also not present in the list.

Biden invited Brazil even though its far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized as having an authoritarian bent and was a firm supporter of Donald Trump.

In Europe, Poland was invited to the summit despite persistent tension with the European Union over its human rights record. 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 countries on the list.

In announcing the summit back in August, the White House said the meeting would “galvanize commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights.”

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