European Parliamentarians to Strengthen Actions against U.S. Blockade of Cuba

Havana, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) Members of the European Parliament (MEP) reiterated today their willingness to strengthen actions and thus contribute to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba.

The MEPs reiterated their stance during a meeting with vice president of the National Assembly of People’s Power Ana Maria Mari Machado, at the headquarters of the Cuban Parliament.

President of the Nordic Green Left group Gabi Zimmer voiced the interest of parliamentarians to learn about the restrictions set up through the blockade on the purchase of health devices, especially for child services.

She also expressed the MEPs support for Cuba’s claim to close the naval base located in the eastern province of Guantanamo, occupied by the United States Government against the will of the Cuban people and Government.

For her part, Mari Machado thanked the solidarity of the MEPs who will visit Cuba until next Friday and said that this visit will strengthen ties between this country and Europe.

‘We are linked by historical ties and friendship to Europe,’ said Mari Machado, while reiterating that this year will be the 30th of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the European Union.

She also encouraged cooperation, unity and peace in the world, for which solidarity and ties amid parliamentarians are key.

Mari Machado spoke to the MEPs about the updating of the Cuban economic model and about the second stage of general elections, scheduled for next March 11th in Cuba.

The MEPs, from the Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left, represent parties from Spain, Italy, Portugal, Germany and Czechs Republic.

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