Obama Reiterates Necessity to Lift US Blockade on Cuba

Havana, Mar 21 (Prensa Latina) US President Barack Obama attended today a business forum between entrepreneurs from Cuba and the United States during which he reiterated that the US Congress should lift the US blockade imposed on the Island.

The US president highlighted the education level of the Cuban population as a factor favoring the country’s future development, particularly in the non-state sector that is growing in Cuba.

“I’m not here to give you another speech, but to know what the concerns of the new Cuban business people are and what we can do to move on,” he said.

Obama recalled that after taking office in 2009, he took steps to remove some restrictions regarding the remittances the US citizens send their families here, and that he made travel more flexible, though tourism-related travel is still banned under US law.

This favors the new entrepreneurs that are emerging in Cuba, the seamstresses, the taxi drivers, the owners of small businesses in general, who have to work very hard to succeed and build their own future, added the US president, who took part in an active exchange of views with some participants.

The Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, and US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritsker, attended this meeting.

Washington and Havana resumed diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015, and turned their interest sections into embassies, in their respective capitals.

In the past few months, Obama has issued four packages of measures to change some restrictions of the unilateral sanctions imposed on Cuba as part of the US blockade, whose main body of laws is still in force and is considered by the Cuban authorities as the main obstacle to normalize the bilateral links.

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