Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ruled out Thursday that there could be major friction with the government of Joe Biden after inviting Cuba’s dictator, Miguel Díaz-Canel, to the independence celebrations and advocating an end to sanctions against the dictatorship.
“There is no problem, our adversaries would like us to fight, but they will be left with the desire, it will not be like that,” said the president during his morning press conference from the National Palace.
The Mexican president said he is optimistic about the change in President Joe Biden’s attitude towards Cuba and Latin America, and did not rule out the possibility that the United States would economically support the region as it did in the 60’s “without blocking anyone.”
“I do not rule out that possibility,” he said.
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He insisted that Mexico has good relations with the countries of the world.
“We have very good relations with all countries, with all the people around the world, these are relations of respect and that policy will be maintained. Mexico is synonymous with friendship, we are not going to confront any government,” he pointed out.
The Mexican socialist leader has described the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba as “medieval” and “inhuman”, and argues that the crisis suffered by the island is due to this policy, and not to the more than 60 years that the Cuban people have been subjected to the Castro regime, which has expropriated the private property of its citizens for decades.
In addition, last July 24, during his speech before the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), López Obrador asked to declare Cuba “patrimony of humanity” for “resisting” the United States.