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End US embargo, Raul Castro at UN

  • Cuban President Raul Castro demanded an end to the US embargo on the island, which he considers "the chief obstacle to the economic development" of his country.

    In his speech at the UN, Castro said the renewal of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the US plus the changes decreed by US President Barack Obama "constitute an important step forward".

    "The economic, trade and financial blockade against Cuba has continued for over half a century," he said in his speech at the Sustainable Development Summit being held at the UN.

    According to Castro, the embargo "causes harm to the Cuban people", affects other nations and also hurts American companies and citizens. (Source: IANS)