José Manuel Albares From Pedro Sánchez's 'Sherpa' to Foreign Minister
The Secretary of State of the
United States, Antony Blinken,
has called today the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs,
José Manuel Albares,
to express "the support of the United States for the right of assembly, freedom of expression, and democracy of the citizens of
according to the official statement from
the State Department.
Blinken also reaffirmed
"to negotiations in
that will allow that country to get out of its political and economic crisis, and lead to free and fair elections. "Finally, the head of US diplomacy asked his Spanish counterpart his concern about the situation in
a country in which the government of
has decided to put all the opposition in jail before the elections.
Although the official reason for the call was to congratulate Albares on his appointment, the conversation focused almost exclusively on
at least according to the State Department version. The new Minister of Foreign Affairs has appointed as
Secretary of State for Latin America
the former ambassador to Cuba and Venezuela,
a person considered on the left in political and diplomatic circles. The conversation also analyzed illegal immigration in the world, an issue of the utmost importance for both the US and
The call comes a week after the President of the Government,
in an interview with the Spanish channel of CNN, insisted: "I myself have asked the Cuban Government to initiate all the transformations, the reforms that are needed, to that Cubans can, by themselves, without interference from anyone, find their way to enjoy the rights and freedoms that, fortunately, my country has enjoyed for many years now. "
On Tuesday of last week, the
Minister of Industry, Reyes Maroto,
in Washington asked the US Secretary of Commerce,
that the US suspend the application of the third and fourth titles of the
by virtue of the which the US can impose extraterritorial sanctions - including the arrest of executives and the confiscation of assets - to companies that invest in Cuba. Those titles had been suspended during the presidencies of
Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama,
changed American policy.
it has not backtracked on the policy of its predecessor.
Although Maroto raised the issue with the head of the Department of Commerce, that is an issue that, in reality, falls under the exclusive competence of the State Department.
According to the criteria of The Trust Project
InternacionalPodemos does not condemn the repression in Cuba because "it is not a dictatorship"
Government Sánchez refuses to assess the US sanctions on Cuba
ProtestsUS and a score of countries ask Cuba to respect civil rights
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