The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins praised Cuba's solidarity response to Covid-19 and censured the application of sanctions that prevent the acquisition of drugs and materials.

The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins praised Cuba's solidarity response to Covid-19 and censured the application of sanctions that prevent the acquisition of drugs and materials.

We are pleased to share an excerpt from the interview that the Italian newspaper “Il Manifesto” conducted with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

Journalist's question.

When the pandemic hit northern Italy in such a serious way, Cuba was one of the first countries to send aid in terms of doctors and equipment. What will be the repercussions for our society, if the crisis is not managed in accordance with principles of international solidarity, which also applies to relations between Ireland and the United Kingdom?

Response from President Higgins.

“The behavior that Cuba has accustomed us to when responding to situations of grave need is an example of the acceptance of a collective responsibility that offers the best hope for an adequate reaction also to the problems of sustainability and even climate change. By sustainability I mean a form of eco-social economy that implies consensus on the universality of fundamental rights.

Having included the medicines and materials necessary for the response to Covid-19 in the restrictions against Cuba and Iran is a clear violation of international law, which deserves universal condemnation”.

Cuba modestly shares its experience in confronting Covid-19 with 24 countries in which it has 26 medical brigades made up of 2,300 health professionals.

The unilateral sanctions of the Government of the United States against the people of the island have not only deprived us of acquiring medicines and sanitary material essential for the health of the Cuban people, but have also been extended with shameful intimidating actions towards the governments of the countries that receive Cuban cooperation, together with a vile smear campaign against that cooperation.

In the face of such petty purposes, grateful friends promote a campaign to award a Nobel Prize to the Cuban medical brigade Henry Reeve for their humanitarian efforts.

 

The original Italian text of the interview can be read at: https://ilmanifesto.it/leuropa-torni-solidale/

Irish Times also published a version of it:

 https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/austerity-must-not-return-higgins-tells-communist-paper-1.4259339

 

Note: The fragment of the interview has been translated into Spanish and English, from the original Italian version.

 

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