South African vice-chancellor condemns US blockade of Cuba

By Ilsa Rodriguez Santana

Pretoria, Aug 28 (Prensa Latina) Professor Mandla Makhanya, vice-chancellor at the University of South Africa (UNISA), stated on Wednesday that the US blockade against Cuba and its tightening are unnecessary and called for a change in the attitude of the US administration.

In statements to Prensa Latina in his office in one of the buildings of the gigantic university complex in Pretoria, Makhanya stressed the importance that Cuba and the United States rebuild their ties, damaged by Washington’s hostility since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959.

He recalled the visit to Cuba of thousands of US citizens when the two countries restored relations in December 2014, a sign in his opinion of their interest in the island, and noted that the current administration of President Donald Trump should follow the approach established by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Makhanya, whose academic specialty is sociology, stated the importance of peace and cordiality in international relations, essential for progress and development.

He highlighted the good state of the relations between South Africa and Cuba and praised the role played by the small state in the liberation struggles on the African continent.


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