Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that he thinks U.S. President Joe Biden must make a decision about the embargo against the Caribbean nation of Cuba.
Lopez Obrador said it was not enough for countries to vote to end the embargo via the United Nations General Assembly, but that it was time to make a real decision about it, given that “almost all countries of the world” are against it, Reuters reported.
“It is not conceivable that in these times they want to punish an independent country with a blockade,” Lopez Obrador said.
“I think that President Biden must make a decision about it. It is a respectful call, from no point of view of interference, but we must separate the political from the humanitarian.”
Cuban families should also face fewer restrictions on receiving remittances from those who live in the United States or any other country, Lopez Obrador added.
“How can it be blocked if it’s not even government money?” Lopez Obrador said.
Remittances to Cuba are believed to be around $2 billion to $3 billion annually, representing its third biggest source of dollars after the services industry and tourism.
The transfers have been slowed by policies brought in under U.S. former president Donald Trump that led Western Union to close Cuban operations.
Lopez Obrador says the U.S. embargo is a cause of the recent protests.
The Cuban government has blamed the protests mostly on U.S.-financed “counter-revolutionaries” exploiting economic hardship caused by decades-old U.S. embargo.
On Monday, Cuba denounced the targeting of its Paris Embassy as a “terrorist attack” encouraged by the United States after the building was bombarded with Molotov cocktails, according to AFP.
Firefighters in the French capital said two incendiary devices were thrown at the delegation, located in the city’s 15th arrondissement, causing minor damage.
“We denounce the Molotov cocktail terrorist attack against our Embassy in Paris @EmbaCubaFrancia,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Twitter.
“I hold the US government responsible for its continued campaigns against our country that encourage this behavior and for its calls for violence, with impunity, from its territory,” he tweeted.
Mexican president says Biden must make decision on Cuba embargo