Pedro Sánchez asks in the US that Cubans be allowed to "find their way without interference"

Pedro Sanchez, in the middle of his tour of the United States, has asked the Administration of Joe Biden that allows the Cuban dictatorship “to find its way without interference” in order to “enjoy rights and freedoms.” And he has criticized the US embargo on the island, ensuring that the fall in tourism in the Caribbean country due to Covid has been even more “terrible” due to this circumstance.

This is how the President of the Government has expressed himself in an interview given live to CNN in Spanish. This, after the United States Department of the Treasury has announced sanctions against the Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) of Cuba, Álvaro López-Miera, and against an elite military unit popularly known as “black wasps” or “black berets.”

“This is only the beginning. The United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for the oppression of the Cuban people,” the US president said in a statement issued Thursday.

Given this position, Sánchez has expressed his “absolute respect“to the decision of the United States and has added that he has nothing to say to an” internal issue “of the politics of this country. Of course, he has stressed that the position of the European Union and Spain with Cuba is” well known “.

7.5 million vaccines

In addition, Sánchez has considered that to make a global analysis of what is happening, it is necessary to be aware that the coronavirus is severely affecting Cuba and therefore the “solidarity” of the international community is needed to donate doses of vaccines and protect to society.

That is why he has taken advantage of his passage through the North American chain to announce that Spain will begin this week a strategy of distribution of vaccines against Covid that includes 7.5 million doses, mostly to Latin America, and that will last the rest of the year.

“There are many aspects behind these mobilizations that we are seeing in Cuba and I believe that the international community should carry out an exercise of solidarity with the Cuban people by donating doses and helping to protect society in Cuba,” he concluded.

Sánchez’s tour

This Thursday has passed in The Angels the second day of Pedro Sánchez’s tour of the United States, aimed at attracting investment from the North American private sector. A difficult undertaking, since bank representatives are concerned about the country’s public debt –125% of PIB– and for the labor reform that the Government negotiates with employers and unions.

The tour of the president started yesterday with an interview on the program Morning Joe, where he boasted of female quota in his Government (64% of women in the Council of Ministers and four vice-presidents) and attacked the former president Donald Trump, to whom it affected that he perceived the European Union “as a kind of enemy” for the interests of the North American country. He was also confident that Spain will reach 70% of vaccinated before the end of the summer.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, during the interview on the North American channel MSNBC.

After the interview, which raised passions among (supposedly) North American users, Sánchez met with investors, with the co-founder of Bloomberg and with the CEO of BlackRock, Larry Fink. And the day ended with a controversial interview-colloquium at the Cervantes Institute in New York, where Sánchez admitted wanting to go down in the history of Spain for his response to the pandemic.

In his speech with the editor of ReutersThe chief executive also boasted of being a politician “who complies” and criticized the opposition for having limited himself to “shouting” while PSOE and United We can “comply.” A few words that did not sit well with the leader of the opposition, Pablo Casado: “He lies boldly, but no one believes him anymore.”

The Prime Minister ends his tour this Friday in San Francisco, where he will meet with Apple CEO Tim Cook and participate in an event with investors organized by AmCham Spain and by businessman Steve Westly.

It will not be until Saturday when Sánchez leaves the United States without having met with the president, Joe Biden, with whom Sánchez has barely shared a 20-meter journey at the NATO summit since he arrived in Casablanca last January.

From Moncloa they hide in that the nature of the tour is not political but economic, and they assure that they will leave for “later” a meeting in conditions between the North American president and the head of the Spanish Executive.


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