Cuba Reiterates Willingness for New Kind of Relations

United Nations, Sep 29 (Prensa Latina) Cuban president Raul Castro reiterated today to the US President Barack Obama Cuba’s willingness to work to build a new kind of relations between the two countries.

He also ratified that to have normal relations, the blockade imposed by Washington on Havana more than half a century ago should be lifted, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told the media.

He also recalled that the blockade has caused damage and shortage to the Cuban people and affected the interests of the US citizens, and that there were other issues that damage the Cuban sovereignty.

The heads of State of both countries held a meeting on Tuesday at the UN headquarters, in the context of the 70th ordinary period of sessions of the UN General Assembly.

Rodriguez explained that the meeting developed in a respectful and constructive atmosphere and the two presidents exchanged opinions about the recent visit by Pope Francis to Cuban and the United States.

He added that during the talks, they deal with issues related to cooperation in mutually beneficial areas and in third countries, as in Haiti, the negotiations about issues of bilateral and multilateral interest and the solution to pending problems between both nations.

State Secretary John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Deputy National Security Advisor Mark Feierstein and the permanent representative to the UN Samantha Power participated in the meeting on the US side.

The Cuban delegation was composed of Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, Advisor and Deputy Advisor to the Cuba’s Defense and National Security Commission Alejandro Castro Espin and Juan Francisco Arias Fernandez, respectively.

Other members of the delegation were Josefina Vidal, director general of the United States Department of the Foreign Ministry and Jose Ramon Cabañas, Cuban ambassador to Washington.

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