Washington, Sep 23.- To call Cuba a failed state is to tell it what it is not, Deputy Foreign Minister Carlos Fernández de Cossío said today in an interview with the US program Democracy Now.
The deputy foreign minister stressed on television that this is evidenced in the country’s social progress in sectors such as education, health, science, technology, culture, sports.
Cuba faced the COVID-19 pandemic with its own resources and that was thanks to the development of the health system, despite the difficulties imposed by the hostile policy of the United States, and this “is not the characteristics of a failed state” , he emphasized.
Fernández de Cossío condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the Caribbean nation by Washington for more than six decades, as well as the nearly 240 coercive measures applied during the Donald Trump administration (2017-2021) against Havana.
To understand the effect of US policies on the island, the representative asked Americans to think about how it would affect the country and their lifestyles if a large economy suspended sales or exports from the territory, prevented it from accessing resources, markets or carry out international transactions.
“If that is multiplied, the impact in Cuba could be seen,” the deputy minister asserted.
“The objective of United States policy since 1960 is to make life as difficult and unbearable as possible for the people of Cuba, with the ambition that this will lead to the overthrow of the government,” he specified.
Regarding possible changes in the presidency of Joe Biden in relation to Havana, the deputy head commented that the recently announced decision to process all migrant visas at the US embassy on the island is a step to try to correct the hostilities inherited from the Trump era.
However, he referred to how the United States spends millions of dollars to try to bend the Antillean government and recalled how Cuba still appears on the list of alleged countries that sponsor terrorism, according to Washington.
“We spoke with the US government and we expressed that there is no support for that decision, while we continue without receiving arguments, evidence or reasons why the island continues on a list where it should never have been,” the official remarked.
The only excuse, without being said directly, is political, he added.
In another order, Fernández de Cossío ratified the great responsibility of the United States to pressure the North Atlantic Treaty Organization into an aggressive position against Russia and its influence in the conflict in Ukraine.
In addition, he denounced the tendency of the North American nation to impose its hegemony and act against any country that could eventually be its rival.
“That is not the way to conduct international relations and violates the right to world peace,” he said.
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