MEXICO CITY, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday again urged Washington to end its more than half-century trade embargo against Cuba, calling the decades-old sanctions policy "perverse."
In a speech marking Mexico's Independence Day celebrations, to which Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel was invited as a special guest, Lopez Obrador admonished that nations should not take advantage of the "misfortune of other peoples" to further their own agenda.
Lopez Obrador said he hoped his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden has the "political sensitivity" to put an end to the "injustices" that have been committed against Cuba by sanctions designed to destroy the island's economy and cause social upheaval.
Lopez Obrador also praised Cuba for withstanding decades of punitive measures imposed on the tiny Caribbean nation by the United States.
"Having resisted 62 years without submission is an indisputable historical feat," said the president.
"The government that I represent respectfully calls on the United States government to lift the embargo against Cuba, because no nation has the right to subdue another people, another country," he added.