Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador labeled Cuba as an “example of resistance” and suggested the country become a World Heritage site.
The United Nations establishes WH sites based upon cultural, historical, or scientific significance. Obrador made his remarks unironically and in spite of the country’s stagnation and recent national protests. The Mexican president went on to express distaste for the Organization of American States, saying it should be replaced “by a body that is truly autonomous, not anybody’s lackey.”
The OAS was established as an intergovernmental organization in 1948 with the objective of uniting what has become 35 member states across the Americas. Obrador’s comments were made at a memorial recognizing revolutionary Simón Bolívar’s 238th birthday.
The Mexican government also announced they will be sending two ships with food and medical aid to Cuba. While the US has yet to aid Cuba, President Biden called the country a “failed state” that is “repressing its citizens.” He continued, “There are a number of things that we would consider doing to help the people of Cuba, but it would require a different circumstance or a guarantee that they would not be taken advantage of by the government.”
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