Cuba "is accused by the empire of being the cause of the great evils of the region," lamented today the island's president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, who warned that Washington is advancing in a "confrontation course" with the Caribbean country. .
In his speech to close the second and last annual plenary session of the National Assembly (unicameral Parliament), the president, who took office last April in relief of Raul Castro, denounced that the Administration of President Donald Trump has intensified the financial embargo on Cuba.
Díaz-Canel referred to US sanctions as an "aggressive, anachronistic and failed policy that causes enormous damage to the Cuban people" and said that they represent a "violation of human rights", as well as the "main obstacle" to the development of the country.
Therefore, the president thanked the almost unanimous support for the resolution that Cuba presents each year at the United Nations to denounce this measure and call for its lifting, backed this year by all the countries present in the vote except the United States. and Israel.
He also accused the neighboring country of trying to "reverse the progress made in integration and social justice" in Latin America, as well as "destroying the regional mechanisms of cooperation and coordination," citing the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac). and the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).
Despite the restoration of their relations in 2015 after half a century of enmity, the relationship between the two countries is undergoing new tensions since Trump came to power, contrary to the approach to Havana promoted by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
In the last year and a half Washington has applied new sanctions on Cuba, has again restricted the trips of the Americans to the island and has left its embassy in Havana in minimum in response to some mysterious health incidents suffered by more than a score of his diplomats in the Caribbean country and whose cause has not yet been clarified.