Former Housing Secretary and Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro proposed today to return to the foreign policy of former President Barack Obama (2009-2017) to open Cuba, and assured that the U.S. must “earn” the trust of Latin Americans.
In a talk at Stanford University (California) in which he outlined his plan for the country’s foreign policy, Castro emphasized Latin America, vindicating the Mexican roots of the only Latino presidential candidate.
In addition to defending the opening with Cuba, Castro was also in favor of softening relations with Venezuela, and suggested that the U.S. should “focus its attacks” on the figure of President Nicolas Maduro, and not on the Venezuelan people as a whole, so he defended lifting some of the sanctions against that country.
In general, the former Secretary of Housing criticized President Donald Trump’s policy towards the rest of the continent and stated that the country has “a lot of work to do to regain the confidence of the countries in Latin America”.
In this sense, Castro supported the so-called “Marshall Plan” for Central America, promoted by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the UN body that promotes economic and social development in Latin America and seeks to economically stabilize the region.
To this end, he considered it necessary to help establish strong institutions with guarantees, such as the justice system and the police, that will allow the nationals of those countries to find “a safe and prosperous life and that they will not be forced to take the dangerous path of emigration.
Aside from Latin America, the Democratic presidential hopeful also defended the U.S. commitment to Israel, while guaranteeing the rights of Palestinians, and bet on re-entering Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.
“Our allies doubt us and our enemies feel strengthened. We can’t separate our interests from our values, and it’s important that we demonstrate that to our allies,” Castro said.