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Guatemalan deputy threatens to challenge foreign minister by Cuban medical brigade

The Guatemalan deputy of the ruling Todos party, Felipe Alejos, questioned Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo on Tuesday for “feeding” the “Cuban regime” through the island’s medical brigades in the country and threatened to question him and seek his dismissal if the agreement with the Caribbean nation continues.

The congressman, current first secretary of the board of directors of the Legislative Organism, suggested to the chancellor in a face-to-face summons to Congress that “it is in his hands to terminate the cooperation agreement” of 20 years ago with the island for the arrival of brigades of Cuban doctors to Guatemalan territory.

“If this agreement continues with the Cubans, I will request their interpellation (interrogation in the hemicycle) and their dismissal. I would not like to come to that. I believe that you are going to take the best option, “wielded Alejos, who has been singled out by activists and human rights defenders for articulating since 2017 a so-called” Pact of the corrupt “against the fight against corruption.

Alejos is currently accused of several corruption cases by the Guatemalan Prosecutor’s Office, but maintains the immunity of his position as a deputy.

The legislator stressed that Guatemala – and Foreign Minister Brolo in particular – have had a “strong stance against Venezuela, which we see with good eyes”, but regretted that it allows the existence of an agreement with the Cuban State to support the system. health, through the permanence of medical brigades, with world fame.

In Cuba, the parliamentarian continued, “we see that there are no civil rights, no political rights, human rights are not respected, there are political prisoners, there is no freedom of expression.”

The foreign minister said that in 1994 “negotiations began with Cuba to bring brigadistas. There are about 440 distributed with agreements with the Ministry of Public Health of Guatemala and the Ministry of Health of Cuba. They are directly agreed upon and signed by the Ministry of Health, so their continuity would correspond to the Ministry depending on the conditions and needs of the Health system ”.

Brolo also added that the health portfolio pays approximately $ 910 to each brigadista and agreed that they “are providing support to patients with eye problems. The reference I have is that Cuban ophthalmological brigade doctors have given important support and have been of benefit to the population in some cases ”.


Deputy Alejos also questioned Brolo for having met with his Cuban counterpart last February during the 43rd session of the DD Council. H H. at the UN headquarters in the Swiss city of Geneva.

The congressman wielded: “When we sit down with Cuba, it can be considered that we are legitimizing the issue of Venezuela”, to which Brolo replied that the meeting “was a courtesy visit within the framework of the DD convention. H H. from Geneva. We accept the courtesy visit because we maintain diplomatic relations and an embassy in Cuba ”.

Last May, the United States embassy in Guatemala published on Twitter a cartoon titled “The Truth about Cuba’s medical missions,” in which it suggested that a Cuban doctor denied payment to a patient, suggesting that the money would go to the Island Army.

In addition, he insinuated that the brigadista doctor requested a signature from a patient prior to treating him on a sheet in clear support for the Venezuelan regime of Nicolás Maduro.

The “medical missions”, as they are called in Cuba, consist of sending health professionals to countries that request it from the Cuban Government.

There are currently about 28,000 Cuban doctors in 59 countries around the world. Over the past few years, more than 400,000 professionals have completed missions in 164 countries in Africa, America, the Middle East and Asia, according to various sources.