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CUBA CONFIDENT OF STRONG SUPPORT FROM MALAYSIA, INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

KUALA LUMPUR,Malaysia Cuba is confident of getting strong support from Malaysia and the international community on the United Nations draft resolution to end the embargo imposed by the US on the Caribbean country.

Cuba’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Ibete Fernandez Hernandez said the draft resolution entitled Necessity of ending economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by US against Cuba will be tabled on Oct 31 at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, to end economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US on Cuba for almost 60 years.

Malaysia is a country that always support Cuba against the embargo and has principle in its foreign policy that oppose any kind of unilateral sanctions.

So, we are counting on Malaysia to continue to support the resolution on Oct 31.We have to continue to denounce it until the embargo is eliminated,she said at a press conference at her residence, here yesterday.

Last year, 191 UN member countries voted in favour of the resolution, tabled by Cuba since 1992.

Hernandez said the financial harm to Cuba in six decades due to the US embargo reached US$ 933.6 billion in 2017.

”The economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US against Cuba is the most unjust, severe and extended system of unilateral sanctions ever applied against any country.”

She pointed out that from April 2017 up to March 2018, the embargo imposed by the US government has been intensified and applied with strict rigour.

”This policy continues to be the principal obstacle to the growth of the Cuban economy and to the full enjoyment of all the human rights of the people of Cuba, constituting a serious challenge for the implementation of Agenda 2030 and its sustainable development goals.”

US President Donald Trump’s adoption of the Presidential Memorandum entitled Strengthening the Policy of US towards Cuba in June last year renewed the intensification of the embargo, and represents a serious setback to bilateral relations with Cuba.

”The strengthening of the extraterritorial application of the embargo is another distinctive manifestation of the intensification of this policy, with a marked effect on Cuba’s international financial and loan relations,” Hernandez added.NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network

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