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    Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba

    Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba
    June 6, 2017
    Albertina Nakale

    Windhoek-President Hage Geingob says there is much ground to cover to
    ensure the complete lifting of the United States of America’s long
    running economic and trade blockade against Cuba.

    Geingob made the remarks yesterday during the commencement of the 5th
    Continental African Conference in Solidarity with Cuba, where about 174
    delegates, including several Cuban nationals, were gathered.

    He said Africa would continue to support the people of Cuba until the
    world sees the total elimination of existing economic and commercial
    barriers, noting that some progress had been made, particularly
    following the release of the Cuban Five (who were held in the U.S. on
    dubious espionage charges), but said it was necessary that the U.S. lift
    its economic and trade embargo of Cuba.

    “We applaud the positive developments in this respect and commend the
    governments of Cuba and the U.S. for their efforts… We salute the people
    of Cuba for the fortitude that they have maintained throughout the
    years, never compromising on their principles while facing economic
    injustice,” he stated.

    The conference aims to strengthen bonds of friendship between the people
    of Cuba and progressive peoples of the world by recognising the
    important work done by them in solidarity and support of Cuba.

    The three-day conference further aims to galvanise international
    solidarity organisations to demand the lifting of the economic,
    financial and trade blockade against Cuba, and the restoration of the
    territory illegally occupied by the U.S. as a naval base at Guantanamo
    Bay where the infamous Guantanamo Prison is based, as two of the main
    obstacles to the island’s development.

    Andima Toivo Ya Toivo, patron of the Namibia-Cuba Friendship
    Association, said he looked forward to discussions on how the two
    countries can jointly help bring an end to the economic blockade and the
    return of Guantanamo Bay to the people of Cuba.

    The conference also aims to strategise collectively and to strengthen
    solidarity movements with Cuba, as well as Cuban solidarity with Africa,
    in light of the importance of utilising social and alternative media to
    spread news of the reality of Cuban social, political and economic life.

    It also aims to highlight and promote the legacy of late Commandant
    Fidel Castro, who from Havana spearheaded the Cuban forces in the famous
    and decisive Battle of Cuito Cuanevale in Angola in the late 1980s – the
    largest battle on African soil since the Seoncd World War – which led to
    the military defeat of the South African regime, opening up the
    prospects for Namibian independence and the end of apartheid rule in
    South Africa.

    Geingob said the continent of Africa and Cuba continue to enjoy
    fraternal relations. This, he added, needs to translate into strong
    meaningful commercial and trade relations.

    Further, he said Africans still face major challenges related to
    economic development, external debt, the global economic downturn,
    rampant poverty, as well as the HIV/Aids pandemic.

    “We all agree that our aim should be to achieve sufficient levels of
    sustainable economic development in order to eradicate poverty in our
    societies. We must take bold and concrete actions aimed at promoting
    South-South cooperation at all levels in areas, such as investment,
    trade, technology exchange for agricultural production and
    manufacturing, as well as human resources development,” he argued.

    In this way, he said, Africans would improve their productive capacities
    for economic growth and competiveness in the global market.

    Fernando Gonzalez, the president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship
    with the Peoples (ICAP) and one of the Cuban Five, highlighted the
    friendship between the two countries that dates back to the days when
    Cuba assisted Namibia during its liberation struggle.

    Gonzalez condemned acts of terror being committed against African and
    Middle East nations and thanked Namibian leaders, particularly President
    Geingob and the two former presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye
    Pohamba, for their sympathy and support following Castro’s death on
    November 29, 2016.

    A moment of silence was observed by the conference attendants in honour
    of the late Cuban leader.

    International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
    said Africa is not foreign to Cubans, noting that many Cubans are today
    providing essential services in various countries in Africa, including
    Namibia.

    Source: Geingob calls for removal of U.S. trade embargo on Cuba | New
    Era Newspaper Namibia –
    www.newera.com.na/2017/06/06/geingob-calls-for-removal-of-u-s-trade-embargo-on-cuba/

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