MEXICO CITY, July 22 (Reuters) – Mexico’s Navy within the port metropolis of Veracruz was loading meals and medicines onto a ship certain for protest-hit Cuba, the Veracruz mayor’s workplace mentioned on Thursday, in what seemed to be a present of help for the Communist-run island.
Mexico’s leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has criticized the long-standing U.S. embargo of the Caribbean island and blamed the measure for fomenting the largest unrest to hit Cuba in a long time.
The cargo of Mexican help was being ready on the identical day that the U.S. authorities introduced sanctions towards a Cuban safety minister and a particular forces unit for his or her alleged position within the crackdown on the anti-government protests that started earlier this month. read more
The preparation of the cargo started within the morning together with “a cargo of meals and medication from the Mexican authorities to Cuba,” mentioned Marisa Lopez, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s workplace of Veracruz. The ship the place the products had been being loaded belonged to Mexico’s Navy, she added.
An official from Veracruz’s Civil Safety unit, who requested anonymity as a result of he was not licensed to talk to media, confirmed the operation inside Mexico’s greatest port.
The official didn’t specify what the cargo consisted of or when it will set sail from the port within the Gulf of Mexico.
The Mexican authorities and its navy, in addition to the Cuban embassy in Mexico Metropolis, didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
The Cuban authorities has blamed the protests totally on what it calls U.S.-financed “counter-revolutionaries” exploiting financial hardship attributable to U.S. sanctions.
Latin American governments have break up alongside ideological traces over the protests in Cuba. Mexico has sided with Cuba, whereas Chile and Peru have urged the Communist authorities to permit pro-democracy protests. read more
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