Multilateralism and Fight Against the Blockade – Cuba’s Priorities

Havana, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) The Foreign Ministry of Cuba highlighted today that the priorities of the island’s foreign policy in 2017 continued to be the fight against the US blockade and the deepening of its diplomatic relations with countries of the five continents.

In a summary of the main results last year of Cuban foreign policy, published on its website, the Foreign Ministry stressed that in the face of the economic, commercial and financial siege by the US government, there is overwhelming international solidarity with Cuba in the call for the end of that unilateral measure imposed for over 55 years.

“On November 1, for the twenty-sixth consecutive occasion, the resolution ‘Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba’ was approved by the UN General Assembly, with 191 votes in favor and only 2 against: United States and Israel,” the Foreign Ministry pointed out.

It was confirmed again and exposed – the absolute global rejection of this policy.

Regarding bilateral ties, the Ministry noted that relations with the 195 States with which Cuba has diplomatic nexuses continued to expand and deepen in 2017.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 162 visits were received in Cuba, including 19 Heads of State, 9 Vice-Presidents or Deputy Prime Ministers, 37 Foreign Ministers, 21 Deputy Foreign Ministers and 76 delegations from other levels.

Likewise, Cuba developed multiple exchanges in the political-diplomatic level and collaboration with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, among which the participation of President Raul Castro in high-level forums of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

There were also the visits of the First Vice President, Miguel Diaz-Canel, to Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador; and that of Vice President Salvador Valdes to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to attend the inauguration of the international airport of that country. The summary also features the celebration in Havana of the 22nd Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Association of Caribbean States, the 5th CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial Meeting and the 15th and 16th ALBA Political Councils.

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