MEXICO CITY – Mexico will send two naval ships laden with food and medical supplies to Cuba, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday, after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador accused the US embargo of instigating the most great unrest in Cuba for decades.
The ships will leave the port of Veracruz in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, carrying syringes, oxygen tanks and masks as well as powdered milk, cans of tuna, beans, flour, oil of cooking and gasoline.
The shipments exemplify Mexico’s “international solidarity” policy and it will continue to offer humanitarian assistance to help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean fight the coronavirus pandemic, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Loading of the cargo began early Thursday, said Marisa Lopez, spokesperson for the mayor’s office in Veracruz.
The preparations came on the same day the U.S. government announced sanctions against a Cuban security minister and a special forces unit for their alleged role in suppressing anti-government protests that began this month.
The Cuban Embassy in Mexico City did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Cuban government has blamed the protests primarily on what it calls US-funded “counterrevolutionaries” exploiting the economic hardships caused by a decades-old US embargo.
Latin American governments have split on ideological lines over the protests in Cuba.
Mexico, led by leftist Lopez Obrador, sided with Cuba, while Chile and Peru urged the Communist government to allow pro-democracy protests.
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