While US Continues #Blockade, #Cuba Forges Global Ties with #Europe, #China, and #Vietnam

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In spite of the U.S. imposed blockade, Cuba has constructed a high degree of self-sufficiency, and international ties. | Photo: Reuters

By Telesur

The U.S.’s blockade looks to cripple Cuba economically, but with the Caribbean nation building strong global ties, that may prove difficult.

While the United States government insists on maintaining their blockade, Cuba has continued to build strong diplomatic and economic links with the rest of the world. In only one week following Donald Trump’s rollback of efforts to normalize U.S.-Cuba relations, the Caribean island is moving forward with the process of building groundbreaking ties with the European Union, as well as strengthening the bond with its historic allies China and Vietnam.

In a major move this week, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament voted to approve the first agreement of bilateral cooperation between the EU and Cuba, after several decades of contingent relations imposed by the EU. The agreement is set to be put to a final vote by Parliament in July.

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Statement by the Revolutionary Government of #Cuba

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By Cubaminrex

US President Donald Trump delivered a speech full of hostile anti-Cuban rhetoric reminiscent of the times of open confrontation with our country in a Miami theater. He announced his government’s Cuba policy, which rolls back the progress achieved over the last two years since December 17, 2014, when Presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama announced the decision to re-establish diplomatic relations and engage in a process towards the normalization of bilateral relations.

In what constitutes a setback in the relations between both countries, President Trump, gave a speech and signed a policy directive titled “National Security Presidential Memorandum”, which provides the elimination of private educational “people-to-people” exchanges and greater control over all travelers to Cuba, as well as the prohibition of business, trade and financial transactions between US companies and certain Cuban companies linked to the Armed Revolutionary Forces and the intelligence and security services, under the alleged objective of depriving us from income. The US president  justified this policy with alleged concerns over the human rights situation in Cuba and the need to rigorously enforce the US blockade laws, conditioning its lifting, as well as any improvements in US-Cuba bilateral relations to our country’s making  changes inherent to its constitutional order.

Trump also abrogated Presidential Policy Directive “Normalization of Relations between the United States and Cuba”, issued by President Obama on October 14, 2016.  Although said Directive did not conceal the interventionist character of the US policy nor the fact that its main purpose was to advance US interests in order to bring about changes in the economic, political and social systems of our country, it did recognize Cuba’s independence, sovereignty and self-determination and the Cuban government as a legitimate  and equal interlocutor, as well as the benefits that a civilized coexistence  would have for  both countries and peoples despite the great differences that exist between both governments.  The Directive also conceded that the blockade is an obsolete policy and that it should be lifted.

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#Cuba Rejects Trump’s Hostile Policy; Insists on Civilized Coexistence

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Por Prensa Latina

Cuba has rejected U.S. President Donald Trump’s hard line decision of hardening the blockade by reverting crucial measures taken by the previous administration of Barack Obama to engage with the island.

In an official response, the Cuban Government stresses at the same time the importance of a civilized and peaceful coexistence for the benefit of both nations and people.

By signing Friday afternoon a presidential national security directive, Trump imposes additional hurdles to the very restricted business opportunities American companies had to trade and invest in Cuba, the statement underlines.

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23rd Convention of Solidarity with #Cuba Begins in Belo Horizonte

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By Moises Perez Mok/Prensa Latina

Belo Horizonte, Brazil.- About 200 delegates and guests are participating here today at the 23rd Brazilian Convention of Solidarity with Cuba, which this time pays special tribute to Fidel Castro and Ernesto Che Guevara.

The fight against the economic, financial and commercial blockade the United States has maintained on Cuba for more than 50 years and the return of the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo naval base, are among the main issues of the agenda, Jose Antonio Vieira told Prensa Latina.

The director general of the Jose Marti Cultural Association in Minas Gerais stated that another of the objectives of the Convention will be to achieve a greater unity of the solidarity movement with Cuba in Brazil, which has had for 31 years in this entity one of its most solid mainstays.

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About 65 percent of #US Population Support Stronger Ties with #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

About 65 percent of the U.S. voters, among them more than 6 of 10 Republicans, reportedly support the relations with Cuba, re-established by the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama (2009-2017).

A new national survey issued by Morning Consult Company and published today by Engage Cuba coalition showed that only 18 percent of U.S. citizens reject the reestablishments of the relations with Cuba undertaken by the former leader.

The study, which involved 1.973 U.S. voters, showed that 64 percent of Republicans back such policy that ease the traveling restrictions and trade with Cuba, while 22 percent reject them.

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#Cuba Denounces at #UN Attacks from #US #Radio and #Television

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By Prensa Latina

Cuba has denounced  at the Committee on Information of the United Nations the ongoing attack on the island through radio and television from the United States.

During her speech at the 38th session of the committee, Cuban Ambassadress Anayansi Rodriguez said that the US airwaves aggression that has been going on during several US presidential administrations is against the goals and principles included in the UN Charter, as well as the regulations of the International Telecommunications Union.

‘Through illegal broadcasts the Cuban radio and telecommunication specter has been attacked from US territory with the aim of trying to oust the constitutional order set up by the Cuban population’, said Rodriguez.

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Delay in #US Congress to Debate Trade with #Cuba Decried

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By Prensa Latina

Washington.- Republican representative for Kentucky James Comer lamented today the slow pace of US Congress to move towards allowing trade with Cuba and lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade that Washington has been enforcing against the island for over 50 years.

We must negotiate with Cuba, the population of this Caribbean nation is about 11 million people and most of its imports come from Central and South America, China and Europe, he told local media.

The congressman, who recently made a trip to the greater Antilles along with four other lawmakers from his Party, assured that he hopes to become a leader of the movement to eliminate the siege.

Sometimes Congress is slow to move, and unfortunately the Republican Party has been on the wrong side of this issue, I think it’s time to move on, we must lift the blockade, he told the WKMS radio station in Kentucky.

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