HAVANA, Aug 29 (Reuters / EP) –
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez has urged his Canadian counterpart, Chrystia Freeland, on Wednesday to help end US sanctions against Venezuela, at its third meeting since May on the political and humanitarian crisis in the South American country .
Cuba is a strong ally of the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, whom most Western countries, including Canada, want him to abandon power and are in favor of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, arguing that Maduro's election was fraudulent and that he should There are new elections.
The increase in US sanctions this year, aimed at intensifying pressure on Maduro, has affected an economy that already experiences hyperinflation that has fueled malnutrition and disease, while causing millions of people to flee.
“I expressed that the tightening of the coercive measures of the United States against Venezuela damages its people and is contrary to international law and the dialogue process,” Rodríguez said through his account on the Twitter social network after the meeting.
The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published a statement in which it has added that the minister “therefore has asked Canada to contribute to the elimination” of the sanctions.
Canada, a neighbor and ally of the NATO of the United States, has long had good relations with Cuba, which increases hopes that it can serve as a mediator in the Venezuelan crisis.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence asked Canada in June to do more to get directly involved with Cuba about what he called his “evil influence” in Venezuela.
The Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said in a statement that Rodriguez and Freeland agreed that senior officials would remain in touch and continue to exchange views on Venezuela.