Countering the aggressive attacks of the United States President Donald Trump against sovereign nations in his address at the United Nations General Assembly this week, many other leaders from around the world have used the forum to denounced the U.S. imposed blockade against Cuba.
Heads of state from around Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Pacific have all called for an end to the blockade and the increasing aggression against Cuba under the Trump administration.
Bolivia's President, Evo Morales called the besieging of Cuba as an unjust and unfair policy, in a speech that broadly condemned the dominance of U.S. imperialism before world leaders. He also called for the U.S. to not only end the blockade, but also make reparations to the Cuban people for the damage caused by the five-decade long policy.
The South African leader, Jacob Zuma, along with Hage Geingob of Namibia said that the blockade prohibits Cuba from developing to its fullest ability, and called on the United States to end it.
Nauru's President, Baron Divavesi Waqa also included a critique of the harsh anti-Cuba U.S foreign policy in his address, and called on the Trump administration to lift the sanctions.
President Luis Guillermo Solis, of Costa Rica, echoed the sentiment that the blockade represents the principle obstacle to economic and social development facing Cuba, and said that because of the high human cost the U.S. policy represents an aggressive and harmful means of “punishment.”
Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno also criticized the blockade in his speech, amidst a call for non-interference.
“We firmly believe that peace and development are built through dialogue, but if we continue with war and blockades, we will never reach true democracy and liberty. That is why we insist on respect for the sovereignty of states and non-interference,” President Moreno said.
U.S. President Donald Trump called Cuba “corrupt and destabilizing” in his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and said that he would not lift the trade blockade until the Caribbean nation made what he called “fundamental reforms.”
Cuba's Foreign Ministry has strongly rejected Trump's statements, calling them “disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling.”