HAVANA – Washington’s newly announced foreign policy towards Cuba is bound to fail, the Cuban government said on Friday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
“Any strategy aimed at changing the political, economic and social system in Cuba, whether it aims to achieve it through pressure or imposition, or by using more subtle methods, is doomed to fail,” Cuba said in a statement published in the state daily Granma.
US President Donald Trump earlier in the day announced he was “cancelling” the rapprochement with Cuba spearheaded by his predecessor Barack Obama.
Trump’s announcement “reverses the advances made in the past two years since Dec 17, 2014, when presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama revealed their decision to restore diplomatic relations and begin the process of normalising bilateral ties,” said Cuba.
Trump announced a return to restrictions on travel and trade, and “justified that policy with alleged concerns over the human rights situation in Cuba and the need to rigorously apply” the trade embargo and blockade against the island, which Obama had relaxed, said Cuban government, adding “once again the US government is resorting to the coercive measures of the past.”
Saying it will issue a deeper analysis of the scope and implications of the about-face on foreign policy at a later date, the government added it “denounces the new measures to toughen the blockade, which are doomed to fail, as has been repeatedly shown in the past, and will not succeed in their goal to weaken the Revolution.”