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Mexico rules out tension with US over action against blockade of Cuba

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Mexico, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said on Sunday that the movement to promote an end to Washington's blockade against Cuba that will be led by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will not generate tensions with the United States.

In statements to the newspaper La Jornada, the foreign secretary noted that with this decision, the president ratifies the stance that he has historically held against this criminal measure that affects the Cuban people so much, and described Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel’s official visit as successful and very cordial.

Ebrard made it clear that Mexico and the United States are allies, but we do not have identical interests. Mexico is a country in Latin America. We are a Spanish-speaking country and we come from very large civilizations, like the Maya.

Lopez Obrador’s approach is that the past be left behind, that this type of blockade be lifted and we try to create a fraternal coexistence in the Americas, that we all respect one another, Ebrard pointed out.

The head of Mexican diplomacy stressed that in this position there is no desire to annoy the United States or generate friction. He recalled that, during the Summit of the Americas, Lopez Obrador made a proposal to US President Joe Biden, and I do not think he is against the idea.

He insisted that relations with the United States are very good, but each country has its own interpretation of things.

Currently, there is a majority of progressive governments in the region: Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Chile, Honduras, Cuba, Venezuela, and he recalled that peace talks between the Colombian Government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) will start on Monday in Mexico, at which Cuba played an important role in its p preparation.

Ebrard stressed that the blockade has generated significant effects on Cuba, where there are more than 11 million inhabitants to whom that measures causes so much suffering.

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