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Biden invites Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya to Summit for Democracy – opposition

MINSK. Nov 25 (Interfax) – Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has received an invitation from United States President Joe Biden to take part in the Summit for Democracy, which will take place in a videoconference format in December.

"Tikhanovskaya has received an invitation from U.S. President Joe Biden to take part in the Summit for Democracy in December," Tikhanovskaya’s Telegram channel said on Thursday. She will speak on strengthening democracy and countering authoritarianism on December 10.

The U.S. Department of State published a list of the 110 countries invited to the Summit for Democracy on Wednesday.

The list does not include Russia or China. All EU member states but Hungary have been invited. Turkey, a U.S. NATO ally, has not been invited, while the Biden administration has invited India and the Philippines.

As regards countries that were formerly Soviet republics, the list of those invited includes Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Ukraine, while Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan have not been invited.

In addition to world leaders, Biden also plans to bring together members of civil society and the private sector.

In about a year, Biden plans to host an in-person summit to "take stock of the progress made and forge a common path ahead."

It was reported in August that Biden had decided to convene a virtual summit of leaders for democracy, which, according to the White House, should "galvanize commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights."