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The blockade is the most serious obstacle to our economic development and the welfare of the Cuban people

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Full text of statement to the press by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Councils of State and Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, at the Palace of the Revolution on March 21, 2016, “Year 58 of the Revolution” .

Author: Granma |

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Photo: Estudio Revolución
(Council of State transcript / GI translation)

Good afternoon.
Mr. President Barack Obama:

We are pleased to welcome the first visit by a U.S. president to our country in 88 years.

We hope that during your brief stay on the island you will be able to appreciate the hospitality of the Cuban people, who have never harbored feelings of animosity toward the American people, to whom we are united by historical, cultural and emotional ties.

Your visit is an important step in the process toward the improvement of bilateral relations, which we hope will help advance further progress in our ties, to the benefit of both nations and the region.

We have just held a constructive and useful meeting, which continues on from the previous two we held in Panama and New York.

We note that in the 15 months since we announced the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations we have achieved concrete results.

We resumed direct postal mail and signed an agreement to reestablish regular flights.

We have expanded cooperation in areas of mutual interest. We signed two memorandums of understanding on environmental protection and marine areas, and another to improve the safety of maritime navigation. Today another will be signed on cooperation in agriculture.

Currently, another group of bilateral instruments for cooperation in areas such as combating drug trafficking, security of trade and travelers, and health are being negotiated. On the latter, we have agreed to intensify cooperation in the prevention and treatment of communicable diseases such as the Zika virus and chronic non-communicable diseases, including cancer. This cooperation is beneficial not only to Cuba and the United States, but also to our hemisphere.

Since the decisions taken by President Obama to modify the application of some aspects of the blockade, Cuban companies and their U.S. counterparts have been working to identify potential trade operations within the still restrictive framework of the regulations in force.

Some have been concretized, particularly in the area of telecommunications, an area in which our country has a program based on its development priorities and the necessary technological sovereignty to ensure the appropriate use of these to serve national interests.

Negotiations are also advancing on the purchase of medicines, medical equipment and equipment for power generation and environmental protection, among others.

Much more could be done if the U.S. blockade was lifted. Continue reading


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Barack Obama: The blockade is an outdated burden on the Cuban people

With reference to a fragment of one of the best known Simple Verses of Cuba’s national hero José Martí, “I Have A White Rose To Tend”, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, began his speech before representatives of Cuban civil societ

Author: Redacción Nacional |

march 24, 2016 12:03:17
President Barack Obama spoke before representatives of Cuban civil society, gathered in the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana. Photo: Yander Zamora

With reference to a fragment of one of the best known Simple Verses of Cuba’s national hero José Martí, “I Have A White Rose To Tend”, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, began his speech before representatives of Cuban civil society, gathered in the Alicia Alonso Grand Theater of Havana, after thanking the people and government of Cuba for their warm welcome.

“It is an extraordinary honor to be here today,” the President noted, before dedicating some words to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels that same morning, “The thoughts and the prayers of the American people are with the people of Belgium. We stand in solidarity with them in condemning these outrageous attacks against innocent people (…) we must be together, (…) in fighting against the scourge of terrorism.”

Obama stated that he came to Cuba to offer “el saludo de paz” (a greeting of peace), as part of a process marked by “barriers of history and ideology; barriers of pain and separation.”

During his speech, he recalled the days of the October Crisis, the attack on Playa Girón, and the decades of conflict between the U.S. and Cuba. He noted that there are differences between our peoples, but argued that we must recognize what we have in common, and mentioned the historical and cultural ties that unite both countries, including their tastes in music and sport.

“We both live in a new world, colonized by Europeans. Cuba, like the United States, was built in part by slaves brought here from Africa. Like the United States, the Cuban people can trace their heritage to both slaves and slave-owners. We’ve welcomed both immigrants who came a great distance to start new lives in the Americas. Over the years, our cultures have blended together,” Obama stated. He recalled that the work of Dr. Carlos Finlay in Cuba “paved the way for generations of doctors, including Walter Reed, who drew on Dr. Finlay’s work to help combat Yellow Fever.”

“Just as Martí wrote some of his most famous words in New York, Ernest Hemingway made a home in Cuba, and found inspiration in the waters of these shores,” the President continued, adding, “We share a national past-time – La Pelota (baseball) – and later today our players will compete on the same Havana field that Jackie Robinson played on before he made his Major League debut. And it’s said that our greatest boxer, Muhammad Ali, once paid tribute to a Cuban that he could never fight – saying that he would only be able to reach a draw with the great Cuban, Teofilo Stevenson,” Obama continued. Continue reading

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March 25, 2016 · 3:55 am

President of the United States of America Barack Obama will arrive in Cuba

Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

His history is that of the values of the United State’s heart, raised in a middle class family, in the devotion to education and work to progress in life and in the conviction that such a blessed life should be dedicated to serve one’s neighbor.

President Obama was born to a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. As a child he lived for some period with his grandfather, who served in Patton’s army and his grandmother who reached an intermediate range in a bank management as a secretary.

After taking university studies thanks to student loans and the scholarships obtained, President Obama moved to Chicago, where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild the communities devastated by the closure of local steel mills.

Shortly after, he enrolled in the Law School of Harvard, where he became the first Afro-American chairman of Harvard Law Review. After his graduation, he returned to Chicago to lead an initiative to register voters, teach lessons of constitutional law at the University of Chicago and keep active in his community.

President Obama’s years of service respond to the strong belief that it’s possible to join the people around a policy of purpose. In the Illinois Senate, President Obama promoted the most important ethic reform in 25 years, he cut off the taxes of the families in the work force and enhanced health service for children and parents. As senator of Illinois, he worked alongside the opposition to moderate the influence of lobbies, to assure the weapons of mass destruction and promote governmental transparency reporting all the Government’s online expenditure.

He was elected President of the United States of America on November 4, 2008 and took oath on January 20, 2009. He was re-elected in 2012. He and his wife Michelle, are proud of their daughters Malia (17), and Sasha (15).


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