African Union condemns continuity of blockade against Cuba

Addis Ababa, 7 February 2021. For the twelfth consecutive time, the Assembly of the African Union, composed of the Heads of State and Government of Africa, adopted the "Resolution on lifting the economic, trade and financial blockade imposed on the Republic of Cuba by the United States of America".

The text expresses deep concern about the continuity of the blockade and expresses its full support for the RESOLUTION adopted each year by the UN General Assembly on the subject. Elsewhere in the document, the African Union regrets the setback in Cuba-US relations and calls on Cuba to lift unjustified and lengthy sanctions.

African countries also consider the negative impact of the implementation of the extraterritorial Helms Burton Act, in particular the full implementation of Title III, as well as verifying the aggravated impact of sanctions at the time of the current COVID-19 pandemic on the Caribbean archipelago. Finally, the Resolution indicates that the blockade is the main obstacle for Cuba to achieve the objectives contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and reaffirms Africa's solidarity with the Cuban people.

On Sunday, 7 February, African leaders concluded their 34th two-day Ordinary Summit – held in virtual format--, which elected the new directive of the African Union Commission, and where they discussed various issues of vital importance to that brother continent, with an emphasis on combating COVID-19, conflict prevention and management, as well as ongoing development initiatives armed by agenda 2063.

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