Donald Trump Hardened Economic Siege on Cuba, Researcher Says

Cuba resists and is capable of articulating support and international relations despite the blockade imposed by successive US administrations, Juan Cordero, who is attending the 4th Conference on Strategic Studies in Havana, said on Friday.

In statements to Prensa Latina during the third day of that seminar organized by the Center for International Policy Research (CIPI), Cordero explained that Washington’s hostility worsened since President Donald Trump took office.

The current administration reactivated the harsh policy prior Barack Obama’s thaw, he recalled.

The CIPI researcher also said that opening the path to negotiations by the Obama administration helped US sectors understand the benefits of a policy change towards the island.

Starting the talks showed the possibility for Washington to rectify a failed policy towards Cuba, however, Trump has tried to reverse everything, Cordero said.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday denounced actions by the US Mission at UN that distributed a document with amendments to the draft resolution that Cuba will submit to the UN General Assembly on October 31 demanding the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade.

‘#EstadosUnidos starts a new political maneuver, with propaganda purposes against #Cuba to manipulate public opinion, the States and weaken the support of the international community to the Resolution against the blockade. #NoMasBloqueo #YoVotoVsBloqueo,’ Diaz-Canel posted on his Twitter account.

Washington’s blockade on Cuba is a unilateral measure enforced worldwide and according to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it has caused damages estimated at $933.6 billion USD.

The 4th Conference on Strategic Studies closing Friday has addressed the complexities of an international order in transition: threats, challenges and opportunities.

Specialists from 16 Cuban and foreign universities, as well as 11 research centers and think tanks, are participating in the event.

Prensa Latina

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