Italy’s Senate approves motion against US blockade

Italy's Senate approves motion against US blockade

Rome, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) The Italian Senate on Wednesday approved a motion in favor of lifting the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba, Cuban embassy indicated in a statement.

The initiative presented by Senators Paola Nugnes and Loredana de Petris, of the Mixed Group-Free and Equal, as first signatories, was received with 173 votes in favor, 12 against and nine abstentions, according to the official summary of the vote issued by the diplomatic mission in Rome.

The motion asks the national government to commit itself, along with others of the European Union, both in that organization and in all multilateral scenarios, first of all those of the United Nations, to effectively eliminate the US sanctioning mechanism against the nation.

Meanwhile, the Cuban ambassador, Jose Carlos Rodriguez, thanked the senators who promoted the initiative and those who voted in favor of it for their valuable support to reinforce international actions in pursuit of the elimination of the US unilateral blockade against the Cuban people, according to the press release.

Prior to the vote, it refers, De Petris expressed to RAI Portal Radio of the Parliament that ‘Italy has always been a friend of Cuba and in accordance with the appeal of Pope Francis, the motion urges the Italian government, in coordination with the European Union, to mobilize for the lifting of the unfair blockade against Cuba.’

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