Panamanian President Calls for Closer Cuba-USA Relations

United Nations, Sep 26 (Prensa Latina) Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela called on Wednesday to resume the rapprochement between Cuba and the United States when speaking at the UN General Assembly.

‘Panama hosted in 2015 the historical rapprochement between Cuba and the United States. We reiterate at this UN body the call to resume this path and recognize the steps taken by the Cuban government for the opening of its economic system that benefits Cubans and the economic and social development of the island,’ he said.

In his speech focused on reflecting what he considers national achievements of his mandate that ends in 2019, Varela also addressed the danger of world peace, on which he stated that ‘not only weapons are threatened but also injustices, poverty, hunger, inequality and lack of opportunities for our people.’

About the issue he said that, in compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, his country managed that about 150,000 citizens were pulled out of poverty, reducing that indicator to 20 percent, and the national economy grew at an average of five percent in recent years.

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