Addis Ababa, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) The African Union (AU) on Monday condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, made official in 1962 by an executive order signed by then President John F. Kennedy.
Attended by of the heads of State and Government of Africa, the AU assembly passed a document against the blockade, tightened in 2020 by the Donald Trump administration, despite the Covid-19 impact, according to Cuban.
The African leaders endorsed the ‘Resolution on the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the Republic of Cuba by the United States of America’ for the twelfth consecutive time, an example of their support for the resolution approved by the United Nations every year.
In addition to expressing concern over the continuity of the blockade, they also regretted the setback in Washington-Havana relations in the past four years, and called on US authorities to lift the long and unjustified sanctions.
They also considered the extraterritorial impact of the Helms-Burton Act to be very harmful, especially the implementation of its Title III, and pointed out that the blockade prevents Cuba from meeting the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The African community ratified its solidarity with the Cuban people within the context of the 34th African Union Summit, held over the weekend via a video conference, where the fight against Covid-19 and armed conflicts were among the topics on debate.
At the summit, the Democratic Republic of the Congo took on the rotating presidency of the organization, whose assembly, for the 2021-2022 period, will also be led by Senegal, Comoros and Egypt as first, second and third vice presidents, respectively, while South Africa will serve as rapporteur.