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Lopez Obrador rejects Cuba’s inclusion on US unilateral list

Mexico City, May 28 (Prensa Latina) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reaffirmed on Tuesday his rejection of the US blockade against Cuba and the nation’s inclusion of the alleged States Sponsoring Terrorism list.

On his usual press briefing, the president considered it a step forward that the US authorities reported on the removal of Cuba from the list of nations that “do not cooperate fully” in the fight against this scourge.

“But they have it on another list (…) Only two countries in the world are in favor of the blockade against Cuba. And what’s terrorism for? Pure excuses! A great ideological burden and there is also a US group that makes a lot of profit at the expense of the suffering of the Cuban people,” Lopez Obrador denounced.

“People have the right to be independent, and there is no nation; however powerful it may be, that places itself above other peoples; I do not believe in hegemonies,” he said. The president wondered, “Is the Cuban people accountable for suffering under a blockade that prevents them from having food, medicine and basic services?”

“This is a flagrant violation of human rights, because of a decision from above and, even more questionable, to create a blockade as a strategy to make the blockaded people, desperate in need, rebel against their own government. That is perversity, that is not politics,” he sentenced.

Lately, the US State Department reported that Cuba had been passed to the list of countries that, according to Washington, “do not cooperate fully” in the fight against terrorism.

The Cuban Government described as insufficient the provision, which is not equivalent to the elimination of the States Sponsoring Terrorism list, which implies serious limitations for the economic and commercial exchange of Cuba.