Caribbean diplomat criticizes US attacks on Cuban doctors
San Salvador, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The growing US hostility against Cuba’s medical cooperation, which has escalated amid the Covid-19 pandemic, was criticized by Caribbean diplomat Ronald Sanders.
Sanders, who is the ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda in Washington, questioned an act introduced by US Congressmen Marco Rubio, Rick Scott and Ted Cruz to sanction the Caribbean nations that have benefited from Cuba’s solidarity.
‘These senators show a notable indifference regarding the health emergency that affects the Caribbean countries in this endless crisis,’ Sanders said in an article for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Sanders, who also represents Antigua and Barbuda before the Organization of American States (OAS), charged that the abovementioned congressmen want to show that Cuba’s humanitarian missions propitiate ‘human trafficking’.
‘In other words, these three senators ignore the sovereign rights of other countries in their relations with Cuba, disregarding international laws and standards,’ Sanders summarized.
He added that if the congressmen had considered debating their proposal with Caribbean representatives, they would have known the great impact of Cuba’s health work, above all in containing and controlling Covid-19.
‘It is not an exaggeration to say that, without Cuba’s medical personnel, the health system in many Caribbean countries would have collapsed,’ said the diplomat, who recalled the problems in the United States to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, despite its resources.
Sanders noted that the Caribbean needs to control Covid-19 to save both human lives and its respective economies, and underlined that the presence of Cuban doctors in the Caribbean has existed for more than 30 years.
[Photo – Ambassador Ronald Saunders [Antigua and Barbuda] via Prensa Latina]