STATEMENT BY CUBAN PRESIDENT

Fellow countrymen,

Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated in many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the United States on the basis of sovereign equality, in order to deal reciprocally with a wide variety of topics without detriment to the national Independence and self-determination of our people.

STATEMENT BY CUBAN PRESIDENT

Fellow countrymen,

Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated in many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the United States on the basis of sovereign equality, in order to deal reciprocally with a wide variety of topics without detriment to the national Independence and self-determination of our people.

Sean Penn Slams US Government for Cuba Blockade

The Oscar-winning Hollywood actor Sean Penn has denounced his government for numerous foreign policy fouls, such as the blockade of Cuba and creating the Islamic State group. Penn, during an interview on the "Conan" show on Wednesday, referred to call the U.S's half-century freeze out of Cuba a “blockade”.

US Majority Supports Lifting Blockade on Cuba

 Washington, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) Sixty-four percent of the US voters support the end of the economic, trade and financial blockade of Cuba that has been imposed on the island for more than 50 years, a poll published by Beyond the Beltway Insights revealed.

The poll, taken jointly by the firms Benenson Strategy Group and SKDKnickerbocker, also showed a bi-party support to a supposed lifting of that unfair policy: 74 percent among democratic voters, 51 percent of the republicans and 64 percent of the independent voters.

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Set to Visit Cuba on Trade Mission

UNITED STATES, March 11, 2015. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to head to Cuba later this year as part of an economic development and trade mission. McAuliffe made the announcement on Tuesday at the Governor's Conference on Agricultural Trade in Richmond following remarks by Cuba's top diplomat in the U.S.

Media outlets report that the governor has five other economic development trips planned by the end of the year. He's looking to head to Cuba by the middle of the year, possibly in late spring.

The blockade against Cuba must be unconditionally lifted

NEW ZEALAND, March 2, 2015. During her working visit to the New Zealand city of Nelson last week, Cuban Ambassador Maria del Carmen Herrera Caseiro delivered a presentation on the Cuba-US relations, particularly on their recent evolution following the announcement of the decision regarding the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

U.S. official highlights benefits of improved relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON,  February 28, 2015. U.S. policy change toward Cuba will bring economic and national security benefits, State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said this Friday.

During a press conference, the official admitted that U.S. strategy over the past half century has failed to achieve its purpose and stated that the impact of the improved relations would be productive for both parties.

She further stressed that the improvement of ties with Cuba would enhance the image of the U.S. in Latin America and the Caribbean.

U.S. Supreme Court hands victory to Cuban cigar company

WASHINGTON,  February 24, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to a state-owned Cuban cigar company on Monday by declining to intervene in its long-running battle with a U.S.-based rival over the Cohiba trademark that both use for their products, says a Reuters report.

Peoples Summit in Panama to Analyze U.S. Blockade Against Cuba

PANAMA, February 18, 2015. The Trade Union and Social Alternative Summit, to be held in Panama in April, will discuss key issues including the U.S. blockade on Cuba, according to reports from Panama City.

Labor organizations and social movements from Panama agreed unanimously to call for the meeting, which will be held on the 10th and 11th of April, parallel to the Summit of the Americas, which will be attended by Heads of State and Government of the 35 member countries in the region.

US Senators Highlight Potential of Business Relations with Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 17 (acn) US Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Mark Warner of Virginia, stressed at a press conference in Havana city this morning the potential of trade relations between Cuba and the United States.

Klobuchar, McCaskill and Warner, all members of the Democratic Party, said they were optimistic about the future of relations between the two countries, while noting they were impressed by the opportunities the Special Zone Development Mariel (ZEDM), after a visit to that port.

What Obama can do to substantially modify the implementation of the blockade against Cuba

Author: Ariadna Cornelio Hitchman, Gretter Alfonso Guzmán

Though the United States Congress is the authorized body to decree the end of the blockade against Cuba, this can be preceded by the dismantling of most of the restrictions embodied in this policy through executive orders of the President. 

Namibian President calls for the end of US Blockade on Cuba

NAMIBIA, February 12, 2015 - Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba refuted the hostile anti-Cuban policy of the US Government to keep the Blockade against Cuba and welcomed the process of restoration of bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries. This statement was included in his annual address to the diplomatic corps and ministerial Cabinet, on the occasion of the New Year greeting.

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