Mexico says it will waive most of $487 mln debt owed by Cuba
MEXICO CITY, Nov 1 (Reuters) – The Mexican government is ready to waive
70 percent of a debt worth nearly $500 million Cuba owes it, Finance
Minister Luis Videgaray said on Friday, as Mexico seeks to improve ties
with the communist island.
Speaking on Mexican radio, Videgaray said a loan issued by Mexico’s
foreign trade development bank Bancomext to Cuba more than 15 years ago
had become a debt worth $487 million.
“Seventy percent of the debt is to be waived,” Videgaray said, adding
that a formal announcement would be made later.
The rest of the debt will be paid in 10 years, he added.
Relations between Cuba and Mexico were traditionally strong, but they
soured during the rule of the conservative National Action Party between
2000 and 2012.
Ties reached a nadir in 2002 when Cuba’s Fidel Castro revealed how
then-Mexican President Vicente Fox had told him to leave an
international summit early after eating his lunch so he would avoid an
overlap with then-U.S. President George W. Bush.
The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which ruled the country
between 1929 and 2000 and regained power last year, is keen to establish
an influential relationship with Cuba as Fidel and his successor, his
brother Raul Castro, advance through their 80s.
Videgaray said it was important to resolve the debt issue so that
“things would flow well” between the two countries.
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