The Government of Mexico held on Thursday the commemorative military parade for the 211th Anniversary of Independence with the call of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the government of the United States to lift the blockade on Cuba, end the grievances against the island and seek reconciliation.
Lopez Obrador said no state has the right to subdue another people, another country, and called for leaving resentments behind. “It’s time for brotherhood and not confrontation.”
“We may or may not agree with the Cuban Revolution and its government, but to have resisted 62 years without submission is an indisputable historical feat,” he said during his message.
The president stressed that the president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, represents a people who have been able to defend their dignity, their right to live, free and independent without allowing the interference of any foreign power.
“It is necessary to remember what George Washington said, nations should not take advantage of the misfortune of other peoples, said with all frankness, it looks bad that the government of the United States uses the blockade to prevent the well-being of the people of Cuba with the purpose that this, forced by necessity, has to face its own government.”
“May President Biden, who has sufficient political sensitivity, act with that greatness and put an end forever to the policy of grievances towards Cuba,” he said.
He reiterated that Cuba deserves to be declared a world heritage site and “new Numancia for its example of resistance” and for its struggle in defense of its sovereignty, of its country, “it deserves the prize of dignity.”
The U.S. economic embargo against Cuba is based on a broad legal framework built over decades that includes numerous regulations that in some cases prohibit and, in others, restrict economic relations with the island.
The first economic sanctions were adopted in 1960 by the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower in response to the Cuban government’s decision to nationalize the goods of U.S. companies on the island, raise import tariffs on U.S. products, and establish trade relations with the Soviet Union.
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“Long live the independence of Mexico, long live the independence of Cuba, long live the independence of all the peoples of the world, long live universal fraternity!” exclaimed López Obrador at the end of his speech.
Diaz-Canel thanks Mexico for its support
The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, thanked the invitation to the celebrations of the Independence of Mexico, which, he said, is a genuine sign of affection and respect.
“The decision to invite us has immeasurably greater value at a time when we are suffering the onslaught of a multidimensional war, with a criminal blockade opportunistically intensified with more than 240 measures in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that has such a dramatic cost for everyone, but in particular for less developed countries.”
The Cuban president said that the island is facing an aggressive campaign of hatred, disinformation, manipulation and lies “mounted on the most diverse and influential digital platforms that ignore all ethical limits.”
He stressed that Cuba will always remember the expressions of support in the face of the economic blockade it faces and the sending of medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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