Bolivian President-Elect Criticizes U.S. Sanctions Against Cuba

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Bolivian President-elect Luis Arce today criticized U.S. economic sanctions against countries such as Cuba and Venezuela, while defending relations based on respect for the sovereignty of nations.

Arce declared to the Russian news agency Sputnik that no country has power over another to judge it and even less to meddle in internal affairs.

We do not agree with what they are doing with Cuba, Venezuela, or any other country, he said when referring to the economic blockades imposed by the northern nation on those countries, a measure he qualified as childish.

The winner of the elections of October 18 in Bolivia by the Movement Towards Socialism considered that the relations with Washington will be of ‘equal to equal’ and will depend on the respect for sovereignty.

As long as they respect us, we will talk with no problem, said the ex-economist and university professor.

He said that for the U.S. president and candidate for the Republican Party, Donald Trump, Latin America is a “simple backyard.

He said that with the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, perhaps there is an opportunity to open up some spaces to improve our relations and our economy.

Former President Evo Morales (2006-2019) expelled U.S. Ambassador Philip Golberg in 2008 for conspiring and meddling in Bolivia’s internal affairs.

However, one of the first foreign policy measures of the de facto government that took over after the 2019 coup against Morales was to resume diplomatic ties between La Paz and Washington.

(Taken from PL)

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