by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Many global leaders believe that the deteriorating economic situation in the Republic of Cuba is due partly to the embargo placed on the country by the United States.
Dr. Terrance Drew, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, condemned the embargo during the recently concluded United Nations 78th General Assembly.
“Cuba, which has been a generous global partner, is caught in the clutches of an unjust and continuing economic, commercial and financial embargo which has caused suffering on a people who do not deserve it. The people of St. Kitts and Nevis stand in solidarity with the Government and people of Cuba and call for the immediate ending of the embargo and the removal of Cuba from the unilateral list of state sponsors of terrorism.”
The Republic of Cuba has been a diplomatic partner of St. Kitts and Nevis since 28 years ago, May 10, 1995. Through the bilateral agreement, St. Kitts and Nevis has benefited significantly in education and health. Cuba, in turn, received medical supplies from St. Kitts and Nevis during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The United States of America first instituted an embargo on Cuba in 1958, preventing the sale of firearms; then, in 1960, the United States imposed an embargo on Cuba, barring the export of goods except food and medicine.
Speaking at the 78th United Nations General Assembly, Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermudéz expressed that the 60-year embargo has caused much suffering for the Cuban people. He accused Washington D.C. of influencing companies from providing medicine to his country during the height of the pandemic. The Cuban President said his country has not implemented any measures to target the United States, yet his country continues to face hostility from the United States.