The state press of Cuba today described former Spanish President José María Aznar (1996-2004) as one of the "most despicable" politicians of the modern era, after criticizing the current head of the government of that country, Pedro Sánchez, for not meeting with dissent during his recent visit to the island.
The Granma newspaper, the official organ of the governing Communist Party of Cuba (PCC, only legal), refers in its Monday edition to the conservative Aznar as a "ridiculous jester", "small and diabolical", "cynical", "caballerito" and "personajillo".
In an article titled "Aznar, the good boy of the United States," the Cuban official newspaper cites the response that President Sanchez gave to the criticisms of the conservative politician and notes that he "boasted" that in his time at the head of the Government he did not have "ambivalent" relations with Cuba.
Sánchez visited Havana on September 22nd and 23rd in what was the first official trip to the island of a Spanish Prime Minister in 32 years and with an agenda that included a meeting with his counterpart, Miguel Díaz-Canel, a forum business and a meeting with civil society, but not with dissidence.
While the visit was taking place, Aznar described on Twitter as "regrettable" that Sánchez visited Cuba and did not meet with the opposition and also criticized that he was in Havana while the European Union had before it the discussion "most important in decades", in reference to the agreement on the "brexit".
The now ex-president did meet with Cuban opponents during his only trip to Cuba, in 1999, on the occasion of the Ibero-American Summit.
Granma recalls that Aznar promoted the so-called "common position" of the European Union (EU), a restrictive policy that from 1996 until its repeal in 2016 linked any progress in the relationship of the EU bloc with the island to progress in democratization and human rights .
According to the newspaper, the exmandatario still today "lives from his aberration against Cuba, which he wanted to destroy and, of course, could not and will not" and recalls that days after swearing in his post, his first announcement was to suspend cooperation official with the Caribbean country.
He also considers that "as cynical" as that announcement was that Aznar did it in a joint press conference with the then US Vice President, Al Gore, who "thanked him for the unexpected gesture, gave him a pat on the chest and cataloged him as a good boy".
Stresses that, in addition to maintaining his obsession against Cuba, Aznar has put in the sights of his diatribes to Venezuela and analyzes pronouncements by the Spanish politician that, in the opinion of the writer, involve Aznar in any adventure -including the military- that is intended to be carried out against the government presided by Nicolás Maduro in the South American nation.
He also mentions the Aznar tours through Central America and the USA. - before assuming power in Spain - in the private plane of the then leader of the anti-Castro National Cuban-American Foundation.
"In that, as on so many other occasions, in addition to traveling for free, he served as a ridiculous buffoon in the service of the worst causes," adds Granma.
The current president of the Spanish executive article highlights, on the contrary, his statement that "Spain will spare no effort so that its presence in Cuba shines at the height of the friendship and respect that Spain has for the Cuban people."