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Luis Arce criticizes US economic sanctions on Cuba

La Paz, Oct 27.- The elected president of Bolivia, Luis Arce, criticized the economic sanctions of the United States against countries like Cuba and Venezuela, while defending relations based on respect for the sovereignty of nations.

Arce told the Russian news agency Sputnik that no country has power over another to judge it, let alone meddle in internal affairs.

We do not agree with what they do with Cuba, Venezuela, or another country, he said, referring to the economic blockades imposed by the northern nation on those countries, a measure that he described as childish.

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

As long as they respect us, we will talk without any problem, said the former economics minister and university professor.

He indicated that for the US president and candidate for the Republican party Donald Trump, Latin America is a "simple backyard."

He noted that with Democratic candidate Joe Biden, there may be an opportunity to pave some spaces to improve our relationships and our economy.

Former President Evo Morales (2006-2019) expelled US 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 it took after the 2019 coup against Morales was to resume diplomatic ties between La Paz and Washington. (Text and photo: PL)