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World leaders raise their voices at UN against blockade on Cuba



United Nations, Sep 23.- Several voices were raised this Tuesday in the debate of the UN General Assembly to reject the blockade that the United States has unilaterally maintained against Cuba for more than 60 years.

The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, asked to end the economic and commercial siege that Cuba suffers, and also advocated for the end of economic sanctions against Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Such coercive measures must be eliminated so that those countries can better cope with the fight against the pandemic, he said in his video message to the plenary of the General Assembly at its 75th session.

For his part, the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, drew attention to the economic blockade against Cuba, which affects the population of that island.

We reiterate that this situation must stop, he stressed in his video address to the plenary session of the largest UN body.

The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz- Canel, highlighted how despite the intensification of the United States blockade, the island's health system has achieved an effective response to Covid-19.

He also denounced that the aggressiveness of the commercial, economic and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba escalated in the midst of the pandemic.

Likewise, unilateral coercive measures in their generality were rejected by high dignitaries from various nations of the world.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke out against illegitimate sanctions, which do not contribute to the recovery and growth of the economy.

As he stressed, the pandemic has had a strong impact on the global economy and now more solidarity is urgently needed.

For his part, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani rejected the US sanctions against his country amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

In his virtual speech before the Assembly, the Persian president described such measures of the US administration of President Donald Trump as cruel, especially when the world faces difficult times due to the global health crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Also the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, said that the international community cannot remain passive in the face of the sanctions that are imposed on the peoples and impede their development. (PL) (Photo: File)