The pace of the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States depends on the lifting of the embargo

September 29, 2015

US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro met today at the UN to speak face to face about the rapprochement between the two countries. This is the second meeting after the announcement of the normalization of their bilateral relations.

At a press conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba made a summary of the meeting. “The meeting took place in a respectful and constructive atmosphere,” he said.

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla assured that both leaders agreed on the need to develop an agenda that they will negotiate in the coming months and highlighted the conditions on which the pace of the normalization process will depend.

“There will be no standardization with lockdown and there will be no substantial progress in the normalization process without substantial changes in the application of the lockdown,” he said.

Another priority condition highlighted by the minister is the return of the territory occupied by the US naval base at Guantánamo.

Meanwhile, the Cuban delegation will continue to push for the lifting of the embargo by presenting a resolution to the General Assembly on October 27.

But unlike in other years, this time there is speculation about the possibility that the US could abstain from the vote for the first time. Faced with questions from journalists about how Cuba would react to that vote, Rodríguez Parrilla preferred to maintain a cautious stance.

“I cannot imagine how the US delegation will conduct itself. It will obviously be a recorded vote. You know that last year it received the support of 188 Member States. It is an international claim of our region that causes isolation and discredit to US foreign policy, ”said the minister.

Despite their differences, Rodríguez Parrilla assured that the leaders found common ground in the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and the promotion of public health, among other issues.

September 29, 2015

US President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro met today at the UN to speak face to face about the rapprochement between the two countries. This is the second meeting after the announcement of the normalization of their bilateral relations.

At a press conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba made a summary of the meeting. “The meeting took place in a respectful and constructive atmosphere,” he said.

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla assured that both leaders agreed on the need to develop an agenda that they will negotiate in the coming months and highlighted the conditions on which the pace of the normalization process will depend.

“There will be no standardization with lockdown and there will be no substantial progress in the normalization process without substantial changes in the application of the lockdown,” he said.

Another priority condition highlighted by the minister is the return of the territory occupied by the US naval base at Guantánamo.

Meanwhile, the Cuban delegation will continue to push for the lifting of the embargo by presenting a resolution to the General Assembly on October 27.

But unlike in other years, this time there is speculation about the possibility that the US could abstain from the vote for the first time. Faced with questions from journalists about how Cuba would react to that vote, Rodríguez Parrilla preferred to maintain a cautious stance.

“I cannot imagine how the US delegation will conduct itself. It will obviously be a recorded vote. You know that last year it received the support of 188 Member States. It is an international claim of our region that causes isolation and discredit to US foreign policy, ”said the minister.

Despite their differences, Rodríguez Parrilla assured that the leaders found common ground in the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and the promotion of public health, among other issues.