Surprise, Cuba humbly accepts help from the U.S. with fire in Matanzas

No mention of the “blockade”.

Nora Gamez Torres reports via the Miami Herald:

Cuba accepts technical assistance from the United States to control fire in Matanzas

People look at a huge column of smoke rising from the Matanzas Supertanker Base, while firefighters and specialists work to extinguish a fire that was caused by an electrical storm the day before, in Matanzas, Cuba, on Saturday, August 6, 2021. The fire and four associated explosions left more than 70 injured. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) RAMON ESPINOSA AP

The Cuban government said it has accepted “technical guidance” offered by the United States to help the island’s authorities put out a raging fire that threatens to engulf an oil storage facility at the port of Matanzas, in what could be one of the few examples of cooperation between the two countries in recent years.

“We deeply appreciate the condolences and expressions of help from people and organizations in the U.S. regarding the #Matanzas incident, including from the U.S. government, which offered technical advice, a proposal already in the hands of specialists for proper coordination,” Carlos Fernández de Cossío, Cuba’s vice minister of foreign affairs, said on Twitter.

Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel usually goes to Twitter to rail about U.S. sanctions against Cuba and criticize the Biden administration. But the severity of the fire and the firefighters’ unsuccessful attempt to contain the flames so far have moved authorities to accept the offer with a public thank you message.

“We express deep gratitude to the governments of Mexico, Venezuela, Russia, Nicaragua, Argentina and Chile, which have promptly offered material aid in solidarity in the face of this complex situation,” Díaz-Canel said. “We also appreciate the offer of technical advice from the U.S.”

The State Department did not offer details of what was offered to Cuba.

14ymedio via Translating Cuba, reports that so far, 17 firefighters have disappeared and at least 67 people have been injured. The United States Embassy in Cuba also reported on Twitter that it was “in contact with Cuba about the incident in Matanzas.” Adding, “In the meantime, we want to make it clear that United States law authorizes United States entities and organizations to provide aid and response to disasters in Cuba.”

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1 thought on “Surprise, Cuba humbly accepts help from the U.S. with fire in Matanzas”

  1. The regime knows it can’t handle this, and the US is rather more likely to really help than Mexico or Venezuela, so it’s accepting US help because it’s scared–NOT for what this disaster could mean for ordinary Cubans, but for the threat it represents to the regime’s own survival. It’s always about retaining power.

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