March 04, 2010

Brazilian President Challenges Barack Obama to Lift Blockade on Cuba, HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 25 , Cuban News Agency

HAVANA, Cuba, Feb 25 (acn) Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
challenged his American counterpart Barack Obama to lift the almost
50-year-old economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.
“Obama should be as brave as the American people were when they
elected him president of the United States and lift the blockade,” said
Lula at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana where he was seen
off on Thursday by Cuban President Raul Castro.
Speaking with reporters before leaving the island, the Brazilian head
of state said he was very satisfied at his meeting with the historic
leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who, he said, was in good
health and high spirits “thinking about the future of Cuba, Latin America
and the Caribbean, and, as one would suppose, thinking about the world.”
Lula highlighted the importance of this meeting in favor of the
solidarity that Cuba, Brazil and other Latin American countries can offer
to Haiti. In this sense, he added that he received a Cuban proposal to
re-build the devastated health system of the neighboring Caribbean nation.
The Brazilian President also expressed his satisfaction with the
meetings he held with Raul Castro and with the bilateral agreements during
his visit to the island.
After describing Cubans as “specialists on solidarity”, he expressed
his government’s willingness to become Cuba’s main ally in the development
of investments.
This was Lula’s third visit to Cuba as President of Brazil.

Cuban News Agency
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