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.

US blockade vs Cuba prevents the use of Heberprot-P to save American lives

By Gail Reed, Executive Editor MEDICC Journal

Some 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, nearly 8 million unaware of their condition. Between 70,000 and 80,000 diabetics become amputees every year from one of the disease's most nefarious complications: diabetic foot ulcers. As a result of the recent opening to Cuba, these amputees -- over half of whom will otherwise die within five years of amputation -- may be thrown a lifeline by Cuban innovation.

U.S. farmers support increased trade with Cuba

Some 30 agricultural organizations and companies have joined together to promote an end to the U.S. blockade of Cuba, describing it as a “self-imposed obstacle” to increased trade.

President Mujica Welcomes Cuba-USA Talks

URUGUAY, January 22, 2015. Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said today that the talks between Cuba and the United States are part of a more global package of trade facilities for Latin America.

After warning that even when the "sky is not totally clear," there is a more favorable situation that what it has been so far. He said the improvements in the USA-CUBA relations do not end here.

Vietnam Friendship Association for Ending Blockade on Cuba

VIETNAM,  January 22, 2015.  Focused on the complete lifting of the unjust U.S. blockade on the Caribbean island, the Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Association celebrated here its annual meeting of solidarity.

After opening the meeting, permanent vice president, Nguyen Duy Cong, congratulated the Cuban people for the return to the homeland of the last three Cuban Five who were held in U.S. prisons.

U.S. Eases Trade and Travel Restrictions on Cuba

UNITED STATES, January 16, 2015. The Barack Obama administration on Thursday announced the details of new regulations that will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba as part of President Obama's bid to normalize relations with Cuba for the first time in a half century. The rules, announced by the Treasury and Commerce departments, will take effect on Friday, the Hill newspaper reported.

US Companies to urge the Congress to end blockade against Cuba

In Washington DC, a kickoff event was held for the U.S. Agricultural Coalition for Cuba (USACC), a new group that wants to normalize trade relations with the island state which is comprised of more than 30 American agricultural trade organizations and companies. The coalition wants to open Cuba up further as a market for U.S. agriculture exports. Its ultimate goal is to see relations between both countries fully normalized and put an end to the more than five decades old embargo, according to information provided by Cargill.com.

Voters Favor Change in Cuba Policy By 2 to 1, According to New Zogby Analytics Poll

UNITED STATES,  December 22, 2014. A majority (56%) favor the just-announced change in direction toward Cuba, according to a brand new poll by Zogby Analytics. About one in four (27%) disagree and 17% are not sure. The new poll was conducted December 17 and 18 among 881 likely voters nationwide and has a margin of sampling error of +/-3.4 percentage points.

Nobel Prize asks Obama to end the blockade and release Ramón, Antonio and Gerardo

ARGENTINE, December 9, 2014. Nobel Prize, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, asked United States president Barack Obama to end the economic blockade against Cuba and to release the three antiterrorist Cubans still imprisoned in US jails.

In a letter sent from Buenos Aires, the human rights advocate urged Obama to "decide with open spirit" the freedom of the three Cubans part of the Cuban Five who still remain in United States.

Cuba Denounces Restrictions on International Cooperation Imposed by U.S. Blockade

GENEVA,  December 5, 2014. Cuba's Ambassador to International Organizations in Geneva, Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, reaffirmed the commitment of the island to achieve the provisions of the Convention on Biological Weapons, in the general debate of the Meeting of State Parties of the Convention.

Trips of U.S. Citizens to Cuba are on the Rise, Says the New York Times

CUBA,  December 4, 2014.  Trips of U.S. citizens to Cuba are on the rise in spite of Washington's sanctions against Havana, pointed out on Tuesday an article published on the blog of the editorial page of the New York Times (NYT).

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