Cuba-U.S. Ties Worsen, Says Researcher

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embajadas cuba estados unidosPhoto: RHCTies between Cuba and the United States have suffered a setback, although the main agreements signed to date have been kept, researcher Olga Rosa Gonzalez said today.
However, Gonzalez, also deputy director of the Center for Hemispheric Researches and the United States, described President Donald Trump's statements on Cuba during his first State of the Union address given last evening, as aggressive.
 
Gonzalez told the Prensa Latina news agency that relations will continue to be complex under Trump's administration.
 
She referred to the speech of June 16th in the city of Miami, when Trump, surrounded by lawmakers and groups supporting a strategy of hostility and confrontation toward Cuba, promised to strengthen the policy against the latter country.
 
Gonzalez said that such position of Trump was evident since he took power and even earlier, and referred to the aggressive speech by Trump about the figure of historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016), after his death.
 
According to Gonzalez, during the first year of Trump's administration, false accusations against Cuba were made based on alleged sonic attacks, leading to the withdrawal of staff from the U.S. Embassy in Havana and the expulsion of Cuban diplomats from the Embassy in the United States.
 
'This affects the implementation of the agreements signed between the two countries and therefore the bilateral ties, which were re-established in July 2015,' she said.
 
During the administration of former President Barack Obama (2009-2017), both governments signed some 20 agreements on prevention and fight against terrorist actions, illegal drug trafficking, cybersecurity issues, human and immigrant trafficking and cooperation against oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, among others.
 
Gonzalez also referred to the recent signing of an executive order to keep the prison open at the Guantanamo naval base, which the United States keeps against the willingness of the people and Government of Cuba.
 
'The return of this territory, illegally occupied, is one of the issues that Cuba asks for a true normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States,' said Gonzalez.
 
'Despite the negative speech and the hostility shown against Cuba, it must be recognized that the agreements signed with the Obama administration prevail,' she said. / PL

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