Both the island’s president and foreign minister rejected on Twitter the memorandum from the U.S. president that extends said policy until September 14, 2023
by OnCuba Staff September 5, 2022in Cuba-USA
The Cuban government criticized U.S. President Joe Biden for renewing the Trading with the Enemy Act, a 1917 statute that maintains the economic embargo on the island.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel said on Twitter this Saturday that Biden “did not dare” to remove the “pretext” of the embargo against his country and “signed for the continuation of the blockade.”
Díaz-Canel added on that social network that “the crime has lasted too long, but the Cuban Revolution will survive it,” in response to the memorandum from his U.S. counterpart that extends said policy until September 14, 2023.
— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) September 3, 2022
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez also spoke along the same lines, maintaining that “Biden becomes the 12th president of the United States to ratify the framework that sustains the policy of abuse against Cuba and its people.”
The same, added the foreign minister, “is rejected by almost all the member countries of the international community,” according to EFE news agency.
Al extender la aplicación de la “Ley de comercio con el enemigo”, Biden se convierte en el 12° presidente de EEUU en ratificar el marco q sostiene la política de abuso vs #Cuba y su pueblo, q es rechazada por casi todos los países miembros de la comunidad intl.#EliminaElBloqueo pic.twitter.com/wdKAUKFOhb
— Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) September 2, 2022
Then President John F. Kennedy resorted to the statute in 1962 to impose the economic embargo on Havana and since then it has been renewed, year after year, by subsequent presidents, EFE recalled.
Cuba is currently the only country in the world sanctioned under that act that authorizes the U.S. president to impose and maintain economic restrictions on states considered hostile, the Spanish news agency added.
Cuban government: U.S. embargo causes losses of 9.157 billion between 2019 and 2020
The embargo has been widely criticized at the international level and rejected since 1992 by a large majority of countries in the UN General Assembly, which year after year support a resolution presented by Cuba to condemn this policy.
Traditionally, only the United States and Israel, with the eventual support of some other country, oppose this resolution, which is not binding.
According to official estimates, the embargo has cost Cuba nearly $148 billion in losses over the past six decades.