September 02, 2009

Ecuador’s President Asks US to Lift Blockade against Cuba, Cuban News Agency, HAVANA, Aug 31











HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 31 (acn) Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa asked the US government to lift its economic blockade imposed on Cuba for nearly half a century.

“It is not the United States nor Latin American oligarchies the ones that are going to tell the Cubans how to solve their problems, but take the first step and lift that criminal blockade,” said the head of state speaking on his usual Saturday radio-TV program Enlace Ciudadano.

“Cuba has resisted 50 years of US blockade. I assure you that no other country of Latin America would have resisted five months," noted Correa.

“And with the abilities, human resources and social cohesion they have, I assure you that when the absurd blockade is ended, an enormous prosperity is going to be witnessed in Cuba,” said the Ecuadorian president.

Correa sent a huge hug to Fidel Castro, Raul Castro and all the Cuban people as he commented on a recent trip to the island to receive treatment on his knee, after several previous surgeries, reported Prensa Latina.

When referring to his meeting with the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, he said: “he looks very well, full of tenderness, love, wisdom, experience; and we talked about many things. I want to tell you that he has great expectations and interest on the Ecuadorian process.”

Likewise, Correa appreciated Cuban President Raul Castro's invitation and noted that his counterpart welcomed him at the airport and they talked for several hours.

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