Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard. Photo: SRE


Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in representation of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), on Thursday, Sept. 23, once again demanded that the United States end its 59-year economic embargo against Cuba.

“In the face of the current severe global economic and health crisis, it is crucial to put an end to the economic blockade against Cuba,” Ebrard said.

Echoing AMLO’s call during a controversial national day ceremony on Sept. 16, attended by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, to end the embargo, Ebrard also used his UN platform to defended the Mexico-brokered negotiation process between Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Madero and the majority opposition that began in Mexico City in August.

AMLO, who proports a policy of nonintervention in the internal affairs of other nations, has courted widespread national and international condemnation for his buddy-buddy relationship with Latin America’s most notorious leftist leaders, including Día-Canal and Madero, both of whom he hosted last week during the sixth summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) on Saturday, Sept. 18.

AMLO also addressed a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden last week calling for an end of the Cuba embargo. Biden has yet to respond.

In his UN speech, Ebrard also spoke of the need for a more equitable dispersion of covid-19 vaccines and regional cooperation to stop the flow of undocumented migrants.

Not surprisingly, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken turned down an invitation by Ebrard to attend the “real” Mexican Independence Day ceremonies on Monday, Sept. 27.

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