MEXICO CITY, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday thanked Mexico for its support and solidarity when Washington is imposing stiffer economic, trade and financial sanctions against the Caribbean island nation.
"Cuba faces a campaign of hatred, disinformation, manipulation and lies on influential digital platforms that ignore ethical boundaries. That is why Mexico's solidarity provokes admiration," Diaz-Canel said.
He made the remarks in a speech marking Mexico's Independence Day celebrations to which he was invited as a special guest.
The Cuban leader said the visit carried special fraternal significance as his country continues to suffer "a criminal war, with a hardened U.S. economic blockade amid the COVID-19 pandemic."
"Cuba will remember Mexico's show of support, its pronouncements against the (U.S.) blockade and its calls for the United Nations vote against the criminal policy to become a concrete reality," the Cuban leader said.
The president also recalled that Mexico was the only Latin American country that did not sever ties with Cuba when it was expelled from the Organization of American States in 1962.
"I pay tribute to the sustained, invariable, passionate and unwavering solidarity that we always find in this land, which all Cubans love as our own," Diaz-Canel said.