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Cuba; Mexico: Relationship Re-Launched, Agreements Signed

(Nov. 8, 2013)

The foreign secretaries of Mexico and Cuba announced the re-launch of relations between the two countries and the strengthening of trade, financial, and other cooperation agreements. The Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico, José Antonio Meade, said Mexico will maintain a high-level political dialogue with Cuba and foster a closer relationship in order to develop trade relations and investment. (Liliana Alcántara, México y Cuba Suscriben Acuerdos de Cooperación, EL UNIVERSAL (Nov. 1, 2013).)

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, stated that it is time to strengthen bilateral ties and thanked the support of Mexico for Cuba’s demand for the cessation of the economic embargo imposed by the United States on the Caribbean island. The two diplomats signed eight agreements on trade and investment, extradition, legal assistance in criminal matters, tourism, higher education, the environment and natural resources, an expansion of the agreement on economic complementation, and bilateral cooperation (a Letter of Intent). (Id.)

In a lecture on “Vision of Latin America, the Caribbean and Cuba,” the Cuban Foreign Minister reiterated that Cuba is not moving towards capitalism. He was quoted as stressing that the economic embargo imposed on Cuba by the United States must come to an end because “it is frozen in the past and has not worked,” and also because he feels it constitutes an act of genocide and a mass, gross, and systematic violation of human rights. (Id.)