Obama’s Policy toward Cuba Enters US Election Campaign

Washington, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) The policy of US President Barack Obama towards Cuba and his next visit to that country have entered the presidential campaign with a view to the elections on November 8.

In that sense, the Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, agreed in demanding the lifting of the blockade imposed against Cuba and expressed their support for the new political course on bilateral ties started by Obama.

During a debate last night in Miami, Florida, the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recalled that she supported the actions of the President regarding Cuba and told him that he should reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Senator Sanders called for the end of the unilateral sanctions and urged for normalizing the relations with Cuba, because it will benefit the Cuban people.

Sanders said that, despite the differences with the Cuban government, he recognizes the progress of the Caribbean country in education and public health, as well as the help offered to other countries by sending medical personnel.

“I think the United States should work with all governments of the world and not be involved in operations for regime change, because such actions in Latin America caused a strong anti-American sentiment”, Sanders said.

The Republican candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, are against the lifting of the blockade and promised that if they are elected, they will reverse all measures regarding Cuba taken by Obama.

Cuba and the United States restored diplomatic relations on July 20, 2015 and turned into Embassies their respective Interest Sections, operating in their capitals since September, 1977.

The Cuban government considers that the blockade imposed by Washington for more than half a century is the main obstacle on the long road towards achieving normal bilateral ties.

Havana also demands the return of the territory illegally occupied by the US naval base at Guantanamo and that the White House puts an end to the subversive actions aimed at changing the constitutional order established on the island.

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