Havana, Nov 15.- Homero Acosta, secretary of the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba (Parliament), spoke in Belgium with MEPs from various political forces, as part of a working visit to the European Parliament.
The Cuban Foreign Ministry reported that the European parliamentarians reiterated their condemnation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the Antillean nation by the United States government and defended the agreement reached between the European Union (EU) and Cuba.
They also rejected the inclusion of Cuba in Washington's unilateral list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the text added, according to which, the Italian MEPs Maximiliano Smeriglio, Andrea Cozzolino, Pietro Bartolo and Dino Guiarrusso, the Spanish Mónica Silvana, Ana Miranda, were present. and Antonio Comin, and the Portuguese Sandra Pereira.
Smeriglio, representative of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, thanked Cuban medical collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighted the moral lessons that the largest of the Antilles offers.
Silvana, from the Alliance itself in the European Parliament (EP), recognized the island's contributions to South-South cooperation.
Among the topics addressed was support for the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Cuba, signed in 2016, and its importance for the signatories, while evaluating the potential of the relationship, in sectors such as health, education, food and scientific-technical.
Acosta offered an update on the situation in Cuba, the ongoing processes in the parliamentary sphere, including the legislative schedule derived from the 2019 Constitution, and the impact of the North American blockade.
Regarding the latter, he emphasized the human damage and economic effects of this policy, which has worsened with measures such as the inclusion on the list of sponsors of terrorism, a decision that he disqualified and repudiated.
Likewise, the Cuban deputy highlighted the investment possibilities that his country represents for the EU, links hindered by the extraterritorial reach of the blockade.
Yaira Jiménez, Cuban ambassador to Belgium and to the EU, stressed the value of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement, the result of respect and self-determination as a tool to talk at the same level about shared values ??and differences.
Subsequently, Acosta met with Marc Angel, vice president of the EP, to whom he explained the consequences of the aggressiveness of the United States and reiterated Cuba's position in defense of multilateralism and social cohesion.
The secretary of the Cuban Parliament recognized the EU's support for the global rejection of the blockade and the presence of the island on the unilateral list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the latter as a severe limitation of access to the international financial system. (ACN) (Photo: Archive)