Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, Pedro Luis Despaigne Gonzalez
Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, Pedro Luis Despaigne Gonzalez

In a recent report conducted in the US, indicates that, 73% of US citizens, 63% of Cubans residing in US and 62% of Republicans, do not support the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the American government on Cuba.

At he 28th AU Summit held in Ethiopia, it was also called for the lifting of the blockade on Cuba.

At a media briefing in Accra on 25th October, 2017, Cuba’s report on Resolution 71/5 of the United Nation’s General Assembly which focuses on ending the blockade was revealed.

The Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, Pedro Luis Despaigne Gonzalez, reiterated that, the sanction has really affected all aspects of the lives of the people Cuba.

The blockade was imposed against the Cuban government by US Former President, John F. Kenndey, and it has goes way beyond the bilateral relations between the two countries thus, the need for all hands to be on deck to ensure its removal.

On 14th October, 2016, Former US President, Barak Obama announced a new round of executive action which sought to remove the sanction against the island country.

This move was welcomed by many international relations, but was failed since it was again reversed by the current US president, Donald Trump this year.

This the Cuban Ambassador to Ghana, Pedro Luis Gonzalez described as unfortunate and a violation of international regulations.

According to him, the Cubans believe that, the sanction was imposed to restrain Cuba from practising socialism which did not favour US residents in that country. The blockade has affected the Cuban economy for more than 5 decades.

He therefore called on all international organisations to assist Cuba in revoking the sanction and its dire consequence on its economy, and was quick to add that, his country will not succumb to what he calls the US aggression to the island country to reject its political ideology, neither will it affect its relationship with Africans and the other countries.

By:Sammy Adjei/


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