Pohamba calls for lifting of US blockade on Cuba

WINDHOEK: The presidents of Namibia, Brazil, and El Salvador denounced before the UN General Assembly the half-century long blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.

Speaking at the 67th session of the top international forum, Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba on Thursday highlighted the harmful effects the economic siege has brought upon the Cuban people.

In a report obtained on the news.cubasi.cu website, Pohamba reiterated Namibia’s call for the immediate and unconditional lifting of the blockade.

On his part, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff stressed the need to terminate such backward policy, which she labeled as an anachronism.

Rousseff recalled that Washington’s hostile policy has been condemned by the vast majority of UN member countries, and highlighted the progress of the island in the update of its economic model.

Meanwhile, Salvadorian Head of State, Mauricio Funes, joined the international call for the end of the blockade, which he said represented a period long overcame by Latin America.

According to a report by the Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry, the economic damage brought upon Cuba until last December amounted to one trillion 66 billion US dollars, considering the depreciation of the US dollar against the value of gold in the international market.

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