Bipartisan Support for Ties with #Cuba Continues in #US

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By Martha Andrés Román/Prensa Latina

Washington.- The bipartisan support to engagement with Cuba has strongly increased in the United States over the past two years and we will continue seeing it in the future, said the president of a coalition that promotes ties with the Caribbean island.

The president of Engage Cuba, James Williams, regretted the announcement made last month by President Donald Trump on the reverse of some aspects of the opening to Cuba, which he described as a step back on the path to the normalization of bilateral relations.

However, he pointed out that amid that situation, the effusive support to continue seeking more engagement with the neighboring country, with which the United States reestablished diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015, was notable.

We are having a dialogue on Cuba that we had not seen for a long time and that is very different even from the one that existed two years ago, Williams said in an interview with Prensa Latina.

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#US Senator #PatrickLeahy Defends Normal Ties with #Cuba

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By Cuban News Agency

US Senator Patrick Leahy said on Tuesday that he will continue working hard in Congress to lift the restrictions imposed by the US against Cuba.

During an interview with Prensa Latina News Agency, the Democrat from Vermont who supports efforts in eliminating the travel ban, trade restrictions and elimination of the economic blockade against Cuba recalled that the majority of the people in the US want normal relations with Cuba.

We know that there will always be problems, nothing can change from one night to the other, but for the good of both peoples, we must have better ties between both countries, he said.

Leahy has traveled to Cuba several times, the last trip was last February when he and Republic Senator Thad Cochran headed a Congressional delegation to Cuba and met with President Raul Castro and other authorities.

The Vermont Senator reiterated that he will continue traveling to Cuba and fight for a better future for both countries.

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National Assembly International Relations Commission statement on #Trump’s #Cuba policy

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The International Relations Commission of the National Assembly of People’s Power fully supports the Revolutionary Government’s Statement issued June 16 on the policy directive that President Donald Trump has decided to apply in relation to Cuba.

The Commission welcomes the increasing expressions of respect and consideration for Cuba and the solidarity actions that have taken place in Latin America, the Caribbean and the world, in rejection of this policy setback; as well as the declarations in the United States by legislators, retired military personnel, academics, solidarity groups, businessmen, farmers, non-governmental and religious organizations, the media and representatives of the Cuban community, urging President Donald Trump to continue to advance in improving relations with our country.

President Trump, poorly advised and misinformed about the Cuban reality and the history of our relations with the United States, decided to return to past methods of a failed policy, which not only harms the Cuban people, but also the interests of large sectors of U.S. society, and satisfies only an increasingly isolated minority of Cuban origin.

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#Pastors for Peace Members to Pay Tribute to #LuciusWalker in #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

The 28th United States-Cuba Friendship Caravan, led by Pastors for Peace, will pay tribute here today to the founder of that interreligious platform, Rev. Lucius Walker, who passed away in 2010.

The 28-people visiting group, mostly Americans, but also Mexicans and Europeans, arrived in the island yesterday to support the claims for the cessation of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by Washington for almost six decades.

According to the executive director of Pastors for Peace, Gail Walker, the activists will demand the administration of U.S. President, Donald Trump, to keep the progress boosted by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and authorize the citizens of that country to travel to Cuba freely.

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#NewYork Activists Agree On New #Solidarity Actions for #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

Activists of solidarity with Cuba from organizations based in this city, have agreed new actions for the coming months, during a meeting that ended on Monday night.

Dozens of representatives of several sectors of the New York society defined as priorities during the meeting a tribute to the late historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and the demand for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the island for more than 50 years and the regime change programs.

Among the activities are the July 26 celebration, National Rebellion Day in the Caribbean nation, and tributes to Fidel Castro on August 13 and November 25, the day of his birthday and death, respectively.

Solidarity actions will also take place on occasion of a new vote at the UN General Assembly on a draft resolution calling for lifting the blockade on Cuba, which usually happens in late October each year since 1992.

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Cubans in #US, A Firm Decision to Strengthen Ties and Break #Blockade

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By Diony Sanabia */Prensa Latina

In light of a new context in bilateral relations, organizations of Cuban residents in the United States have maintained their firm decision to favor rapprochement between the two countries, beyond what they consider political mistakes by the White House.

For those groups of immigrants, physical distance from their homeland and the effort by the U.S. administration to destroy bilateral ties lack the necessary strength to make them give up their objectives.

Grouped in the Alianza Martiana coalition, based in the city of Miami, Florida, those groups also demand an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade that Washington has imposed on Cuba for more than 55 years.

As they have done on several occasions, they review every particular situation and plan new actions to eliminate that stance by the U.S. government that they describe as hostile and groundless against the Cuban people.

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Lifting the #Blockade, the #US Best Possible Deal with #Cuba

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By Martha Andres Roman/Prensa Latina

If U.S. President Donald Trump wants a ”better deal” with Cuba, he should continue the rapprochement and lift all aspects of the blockade, the journalist and activist Cheryl LaBash said here.

LaBash, who promotes ties with Cuba and is the co-president of the National Network on Cuba in the United States (NNOC) referred in those terms to the decision by the Republican president to reverse aspects of the U.S. opening policy on Cuba started by the previous administration.

Trump said a week ago in Miami, Florida, that his executive order to restrict U.S. citizens’ travels to Cuba further and to limit trade and business was seeking a ‘better deal’ for the Cuban people and for the United States.

However, in an interview with Prensa Latina, LaBash noted that if the president really wanted that, he should not only keep the rapprochement with Cuba but also eliminate all aspects of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington for 55 years.

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