France rejects unilateral US measures against Cuba

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Paris, Dec 6 (Prensa Latina) The French SSecretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, on Friday expressed his government’s rejection of the United States unilateral measures against Cuba and reiterated his country’s willingness to boost relations.

With our vote in the UN we ratify this position, he noted on referring to the adoption a month ago in the General Assembly of a resolution that demands the lifting of the blockade, backed by 187 nations.

In the context of the IV Session of the French-Cuban Economic and Trade Commission and after the signing of new cooperation agreements, the official recognized the

‘complicated scenario’ for ties with Cuba, after the tightening of Washington’s hostile policy and its extraterritorial nature.

France and its European partners are determined to use the available instruments to protect the economic activities and legitimate investments of their citizens and businesses in Cuba, Lemoyne stressed at the headquarters of the Foreign Ministry, where he spoke with Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca.

Lemoyne recalled that since the approval by the United States of the Helms-Burton Act (1996), which codifies and reinforces the blockade, the European Union (EU) has taken measures to deal with the extraterritorial effects of US policy.

According to the French official, the US position threatens the economic and commercial sovereignty of the EU, in addition to being based on unilateral measures, imposed without the support of the international community. We want to insist on France’s position to trade with whoever it decides, without another power preventing it, he said.

Lemoyne highlighted the signing of three bilateral instruments in the framework of the IV Session of the Economic and Trade Commission and the IV Meeting of the Strategic Orientation Committee, which deals with the management of the Countervalue Fund.

This entity is a mechanism created following the agreement for the restructuring of Cuban debt, in order to stimulate investment and development projects on the island with the participation of French partners.

Cuba and France signed two financing instruments, one with an impact on cultural heritage and tourism, by strengthening the coffee plantation route in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba; and another for the reconstruction on the island of areas hit in 2017 by Hurricane Irma.

Malmierca expressed gratitude for the welcome and support of France, and highlighted the cooperation agreements signed.

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