Advantages for Cuba and the US if there were better relationships

Washington, Jan 31 (Prensa Latina) The relations between Cuba and the United States may have a better future, in which their differences are discussed with respect, said today the ambassador of the Caribbean island in this capital, José Ramón Cabañas.

According to the diplomat, the administration of the American president, Donald Trump, in power since January 20, 2017, is determined to destroy the achievements of the Cuban Revolution of more than 60 years.

However, we are still betting on a future that only belongs to our people, Cabañas stressed when he spoke last night in the celebration of the National Day of Cuba, which was set up by the embassy of that country in Washington.

He expressed that it is crazy to say that the current policy of the United States is aimed at supporting Cubans, when they try to deprive them of oil, gas, food, medicine and basic services.

The goal has been the same since the revolutionary triumph on January 1, 1959, and is simply to overthrow a model that offers a different social and political perspective for people living in the Western Hemisphere, he added.

Such American policy failed before, and will fail again, Cabañas emphasized to diplomats, businessmen, friends of the largest of the Antilles and Cubans residing in the United States.

He also commented that Washington’s position affects US interests as a whole and particularly the citizens of this country.

Americans consider themselves the best ambassadors to promote their nation and their values, why then limit their ability to travel to Cuba? the ambassador questioned.

Why is it so dangerous that university students from both countries meet to discuss the future? How subversive is it that musicians play together? How many diseases can we face together? he added.

He also questioned: is anyone capable of combating climate change alone? How will the North American states be affected without Cuban cooperation to fight against trafficking in people and drugs?

These are some questions that nobody in the United States government these days cares to answer, said Cabañas, who stressed that despite the setbacks last year was important for Cuba.

We approved a new Constitution, national authorities were elected, and relevant decisions were made in terms of the country’s budget and the ways of companies and cooperatives to manage their resources, he cited.

As it has done over the past six decades, the will of 11 million Cubans will prevail, Cabañas said, before recalling that Washington continues to bet on the old saying that being tough on Cuba provides votes in the state of Florida, of importance in a year of presidential elections.

No one understands, he said, why our countries have to disagree, and most Americans expect bilateral relations to be resumed as they were in 2015 and 2016 after the approach promoted in late 2014 by the then presidents Raúl Castro and Barack Obama


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