that Mexico should honor a US-imposed embargo on Cuba, as his country
sends aid to the island in defiance of Washington’s suffocating economic
Defending his decision to fuel shipments and other humanitarian aid
to Cuba, Obrador said on Tuesday that US sanctions on the socialist
state were “inhumane,” and that “independent” Mexico was well within its rights to defy the unilaterally imposed embargo.
this week, a Mexican cargo ship loaded with 100,000 barrels of diesel
fuel set sail for Cuba. The Mexican government said the fuel would be
used to provide power for Cuban hospitals.
Two additional vessels
loaded with medical supplies and food embarked in the following days.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry described the shipments as humanitarian
assistance aimed at helping Cuba overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
has tried to penalize ships that deliver goods to Cuba by preventing
them from docking later at US ports, Obrador noted. The rule is one of
the main ways the US enforces its embargo.
The US government has
ratcheted up sanctions aimed at some Cuban officials accused of human
rights abuses following anti-government protests in the country earlier
Mexico isn’t the only country that has openly
bypassed Washington’s economic restrictions. On Saturday, Russia sent a
large shipment of food and medical supplies to the island. Cuba’s trade
minister applauded the move, tweeting: “We are not alone.”