US President Barack Obama called on the US Congress on Tuesday to lift the over-50-year economic, commercial and financial embargo of Cuba.
“You want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere? Recognize that the Cold War is over. Lift the embargo,” said Obama in his final State of the Union Address.
The president said that 50 years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote US interests and that led to a setback for the US in Latin America and “that’s why we restored diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce…”
Obama for the first time asked the US Congress to lift the trade embargo on Cuba in his previous State of the Union Address shortly after the historic December 17 announcement that diplomatic relations would be restored.
And although some draft legislation has been promoted regarding bilateral relations, the US Congress with a Republican majority has not taken any significant step this year to dismantle the policy towards Cuba.
In his address, Obama focused on the future of the country and the economic, social and foreign policy challenges ahead.
The president stressed the need to address climate change and the fight on terrorism at the global level.
Source: Caribbean News Now