Cuba confronts US blockade with work and resistance, president states

Havana, Nov 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Sunday that his people will continue to confront the United States economic, commercial and financial blockade in all fields with work, creativity, resistance and without renouncing development.

‘Cuba’s most valuable resource is its people: imaginative, enterprising, brave and creative,’ the president said on closing the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Conference, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism, held in Havana.

Diaz-Canel stressed that the international community’s demand for an end to the blockade had fallen on deaf ears in Washington.

‘Our Homeland today suffers the criminal tightening of the blockade, the strengthening of an immoral and illegal policy that has been practically unanimously condemned by the United Nations General Assembly for more than 30 years, and the United States has not reacted to the global demand,’ he noted.

However, such measures are insufficient to defeat the Cuban people, who have been fighting for their independence for 151 years and ‘will never yield,’ he added.

Diaz-Canel pointed out that the US administration is currently using practices of blockade, persecution and sanctions against other countries, companies and ships that contribute to carrying fuel to Cuba.

The head of State expressed gratitude for the international solidarity with Cuba expressed during the event, which is accompanied by Cubans’ sacrifice, resistance and will to preserve the Revolution.

He repeated Cuba’s strong support and solidarity with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his people’s civic-military union, and with President Daniel Ortega and the Sandinista National Liberation Front of Nicaragua, who are also under attack.

Diaz-Canel reaffirmed his congratulations to Evo Morales for his victory in the recent elections in Bolivia, and to Alberto Fernandez and Cristina Fernandez, representing new hope in Argentina, he pointed out.

The president confirmed Cuba’s support for all just causes, like those of the Palestinian and Saharawi peoples for their right to free determination, as well as Argentina’s historic demand to recover its sovereignty over the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands.

He also condemned the imperialist intervention in Syria, and demanded respect for that country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Diaz-Canel also called for the continuation of inter-Korean dialogue and an end to the sanctions imposed on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and urged to comply with the peace process in Colombia.

Regarding the action plan approved at the anti-imperialist meeting, Diaz-Canel said that it confirms progressive sectors’ awareness of the need for unity to build an anti-imperialist emancipating project committed to integration.


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