Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard thanked yesterday for the support that Cuban nurses and doctors have provided to Mexico to address the health emergency derived from the Covid-19 pandemic, in addition to reiterating that Mexico is against the blockade of the island.
When questioned in a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York about a Mexican Air Force flight that landed yesterday in Cuba, Ebrard replied that it was a trip made to transfer Cuban health personnel who were working. in Mexican territory, according to information disseminated on the social networks of the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE).
Mexico asked Cuba for medical help when it experienced the peak of infections due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the foreign minister said.
“Today we are in a different circumstance because vaccination has advanced a lot in our country, so we returned in a Mexican Air Force plane to a group of approximately 92 doctors and nurses who were working particularly in the eastern part of the City. from Mexico”.
After thanking Cuban doctors and nurses for their support, Ebrard said that Mexico is against the blockade of Cuba.
“Today the Cuban authorities cannot get syringes or medicines,” because of the blockade, he said.
Ebrard said that the blockade of Cuba “and other countries where extreme sanctions are applied is causing serious impacts on the suffering (of the population) and on the humanitarian conditions that we must all respect.”
Overwhelming support against embargo
The foreign minister recalled that a few weeks ago the UN General Assembly spoke out overwhelmingly against the United States’ economic blockade of Cuba and demanded an end to these unilateral coercive measures.
The resolution rejecting the embargo against Cuba this time obtained 184 votes in favor, two against (the United States and Israel) and three abstentions (Colombia, Brazil, and Ukraine).