Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

Cuba rejects new US policy, saying pressure will not work

Also, the majority of Cuban Americans living in Miami - the largest hub of Cuban Americans living in the US - support the Obama-era Cuba policies, the Miami Herald reports. America lost money and standing. But it also would give the Cuban government, which sanctions tours, more control over what visitors see and likely reduce Americans' contact with ordinary Cubans.

Critics of the rapprochement said Obama was giving too much away without extracting concessions from the Cuban government.

"The government of Cuba reiterates its willingness to continue a respectful dialogue and cooperation on themes of mutual interest, as well as negotiations on pending bilateral matters, with the government of the United States", the Cuba government said in a statement issued Friday night. The unflinching tyrant continued as a devoted Communist: "Today, despite the difficulties, we have embarked on the task of updating our economic model in order to build a prosperous and sustainable Socialism".

Q: What remains in place from Obama's policy?

During the Obama years, the statement said, the two countries have shown that they can "cooperate and coexist in a civilized way, respecting their differences, and promoting that which benefits both nations and peoples".

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If President Donald Trump chooses to reverse course with Cuba and move back to the isolationist policies imposed on the island nation under former President Dwight Eisenhower, he could effectively be giving a gift to both Russian Federation and China.

"Unfortunately, progress under the new policy has not materialized".

"Effectively immediately, I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba", Trump said to raucous support at a gathering in Miami, Florida.

The new policy bans most US business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group, a Cuban conglomerate involved in all sectors of the economy.

Trump directive calls for an effective ban of individual tourist travel to Cuba, as well as an absolute prohibition on USA companies conducting any business with entities controlled by GAESA, a state-run organization that has strong ties to the Castro family and military regime that operates in a majority of the Cuban economy. Be mindful that Cuba's pals are Venezuela, Russia and China.

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"Easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people", he said at an event in Miami on Friday. The other change the president talked about involved US companies that do business with military on the island. "We were very concerned about any potential changes, given how popular Cuba itineraries have proven to be with our guests, and we view this as a win for the cruise industry, our valued guests and travel partners". "You kept your promise; you stand in solidarity with the Cuban people and freedom-loving people everywhere; and you are putting American values and USA national security interests first", he said.

To raucous applause, Trump delineated his new policies, including a prohibition on American financial engagement with firms tied to the Cuban military conglomerate GAESA, and tighter rules for Americans traveling to the Caribbean island. A total of 75 percent approve the 2015 decision to re-establish U.S. relations with Cuba, while 73 percent favor ending the long-standing USA trade embargo against Cuba, the survey revealed.

Q: What's been the response to Trump's efforts? Who is among Cuba's top trading partners?

"We sincerely hope the White House will reconsider its course on Cuba, and we're more than willing to sit down and explain what a more productive course might include". Think of East Germany, the Soviet Union, and North Korea. -Cuban relations was Cuba's invitation by other Latin American countries to participate in the 2015 Summit of the Americas.

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