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Cuba rejects new US policy, calls it 'archaic'

Cuba rejects new US policy, calls it archaic

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Jun 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Hava, June 17: The Cuban government has rejected the newly-announced US policy towards the country and said that any attempt to change the political system on the island would be “destined to fail”. The Cuban media called Trump’s new foreign policy on Cuba “regrettable” and “archaic”. The Cuban News Agency said Trump took “a step backward” in ties with Cuba, by adopting a “unilateral” and “interventionist” stance.
Trump on Friday laid out his new Cuba policy that tightens rules on Americans travelling to Cuba and bars US individuals and companies from doing commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the Cuban military, Efe news reported. Cuban President Raul Castro, responding to Trump’s announcement, said: “Any strategy aimed at changing the political, economic and social system in Cuba, whether it seeks to achieve it through pressures and impositions, or by employing subtle methods, will be doomed to failure.”
While Castro acknowledged that changes in Cuba were necessary, pointing to the ongoing process of modernising and developing the island’s economic and socialist model, he insisted that Cuba would decide its own fate independent of foreign influence. “We will assume any risk and remain firm and secure in building a sovereign, independent, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustaible tion,” Castro said in a statement. The statement added that Trump had been “poorly advised” to favour the political interests of an “extremist minority” of Cuban-Americans living in Florida, who, because of “petty motivations, will not give up on their ambition of punishing Cuba.” (IANS)

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