Brasilia, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016) on Friday strongly condemned the US attempt to twist one of the largest global solidarity actions of a country by harshly campaigning against Cuba’s international medical cooperation.
With this new crusade, ‘the United States wants the blockade to be extended to prevent Cuba from cooperating and this is extremely perverse and has an electoral echo towards Republican Party and a tightening policy the Republicans consider more appropriate,’ Rousseff said during an online debate on TV 247 with former Minister of Health Alexandre Padilla.
She insisted that ‘there is an electoral echo there (United States) and there is an electoral echo here (Brazil).’
Washington’s new actions with pressure, blackmail, and blockades against the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) are part of a ‘major offensive by the United States against Cuba and international cooperation organizations,’ he said.
Recently, the US administration, under threat of not disbursing its financial contribution to the PAHO budget, forced its Secretariat to accept an external review of its role in the More Doctors in Brazil Program.
Former president commented what happened with the World Health Organization (WHO), amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the US president Donald Trump ‘withdrew his support, trying to promote an absurd assessment of the pandemic.’
He pointed out that PAHO is trying to prevent their presence in cooperative actions with the Cuban government, as is the case of More Doctors in Brazil Program.
She warned the United States, in association with the far-right government of Jair Bolsonaro, ‘wants to dismantle the possibility of any future action by Cuba in all Latin America.’