At a press conference at the Spanish Embassy in Washington, D.C., Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albarez said his country has a “clear” position on what is happening in Cuba.
Spain’s position on the protests is very clear, as I have said on many occasions. Frustrated call for protest on November 15, suffocated by anti-government protests and repression on the island last summer.
“I am very clear and unambiguous that EFE reporters need to be accredited so that they can work objectively with Cuba and the head of the archipelago in Spain, who cannot obtain visas issued by the Spanish consulate in Havana,” he added.
This week, in an interview The Voice of America, Gabriela Cañas, head of EFE, said the company could leave Cuba “in a few weeks” due to restrictions imposed on its employees from visa delays and coverage of massive protests.
“I do not want to leave Cuba,” he said. The problem is expelling us from Cuba. We only have two accredited journalists, one of whom has to renew his visa every month, ”Kanas called from Madrid.
“We are not going to leave Cuba because of our decision. We are the international media outlet that publishes the most news about Cuba. [El Gobierno cubano] That’s what drives us to leave. ”
At the conference, Albarez did not talk about Cuba during a meeting with US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen the previous day.
“It simply came to our notice then. Yes, we are talking about Latin America, we are talking about many countries, he said.
The Spanish diplomat assured that he had mentioned to Blingen on previous occasions the need for the repeal of Title III of the Helms-Burden Act, referring to the damage it would do to Spain’s interests and asked how we should think together.