A Jamaican member of Parliament urges condemnation of US bill on Cuban Medical Brigades

Dr. Morais Guy, a member of the Parliament of Jamaica and PNP’s Shadow Minister of Health, said he was very concerned about the recent introduction in the US Senate of a draft law against Cuba's international medical cooperation, an action that he described as absurd and that should be condemned by all sovereign nations.

Kingston, Jamaica, 25 June 2020. Dr. Morais Guy, a member of the Parliament of Jamaica and PNP’s Shadow Minister of Health, said he was very concerned about the recent introduction in the US Senate of a draft law against Cuba's international medical cooperation, an action that he described as absurd and that should be condemned by all sovereign nations.

Referring to the need for a response by his country to this legislative initiative, he stated: “For over 40 years, Jamaica has been benefiting from the assistance of Cuban health-care workers, and we cannot remain silent or be bullied into adopting the political agenda of another country.

The current Congressional action, is a clear opportunity for the Government of Jamaica to state pellucidly that Jamaica stands with Cuba as we have done in every United Nations’ vote condemning the embargo imposed since 1962.”

In his statements, Dr. Guy recognized Cuba’s contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in countries in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and South America; highlighting that in the case of his country the Cuban people have always stood with the people of Jamaica in challenging times, from the 1970s through to today’s COVID-19 pandemic crisis, when over one hundred and forty medical professionals arrived from Cuba to bolster the country's response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The political leader urged all the governments of CARICOM to condemn the latest action by the United States Senate, specifying that it adds another episode in its protracted illegal embargo of Cuba; that it is “aimed at criminalizing a genuine humanitarian mission” and that, “it is believed to be extraterritorial and an insult to all sovereign nations.”

Introduced by Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz, this draft legislation is another of the numerous actions taken by Washington to date to affect Cuba's medical solidarity, which have increased since 2018.

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