Mexico sends two boats of food and medical assistance to Cuba


Mexico City (AP) —The Mexican government announced Thursday that it would send two naval vessels with food and medical assistance to Cuba.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the ship would depart from Veracruz’s Gulf Port to Cuba on Sunday. The ship said it would carry oxygen cylinders, needles, syringes, and basic groceries such as rice and beans.

The ministry said the aid was “in line with the Mexican government’s international solidarity policy.”

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said he should oppose and end US sanctions that restrict trade with the island.

The announcement came on the same day that the US government tightened sanctions on some Cuban officials after violently quelling rare street protests earlier this month.

Earlier this month, thousands of Cubans traveled to the streets of Havana and other cities across the island to protest food shortages and high prices during the coronavirus crisis.

The new US sanctions cover Cuban officials and a special brigade of the US government stating that they were involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown.