The Cuban Ambassador to Qatar, Ernesto Plasencia, was thankful for the rejection of Qatar to the US blockade to Cuba, a policy that stops Cuba from normalizing the recently reestablished relations between Cuba and the US.
Plasencia praised the traditional support of Cuba to the resolution that Havana preseents every year in the United Nations General Assembly.
This is a position with a lot of evidence that was showed when copies of the text of the resolution were given to local authorities of Qatar.
The Caribbean diplomat provided the Director of Multilateral Affairs of the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mutlaq Al Qahtani, the draft resolution and the report by Cuba on the impact of the blockade.
Al Qahtani assured that Qatar will remain on the position, Plasencia said during a meeting with newspaper reporters of the Qatar Tribune, The Peninsula and other independent media.
He explained that the economic, commercial and financial US blockade against the Cuban Revolution persists, despite the restoration of diplomatic relations and the reopening of embassies in July.
He even said that, although President Barack Obama took some steps, the blockade to the Caribbean island is ‘far from relaxed, has been intensified after December 17, 2014, when the resumption of the links was announced.
Therefore, he said, the draft resolution “Necessity of Ending the Economic Blockade” will be submitted again to a vote at the UN on October 27.
The Ambassador recalled that the text received broad international support on 23 occasions, with 188 countries voting for an end to the policy of hostility last year.
He noted that, unlike previous motions, this year includes the recognition of the efforts of Obama for the restoration of relations and lifting the blockade itself.
He added, however, that although the total removal of sanctions lies with the US Congress, the President could do much more under the executive powers he has to turn it practically inoperative.