Namibia, September 23rd, 2021- H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, called, once again, for the end of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, in his speech at the General Debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The verbatim words of President Geingob were:
"In the same vein Mr. President, in accordance with the resolutions adopted by this august Assembly, we call for an end of the economic, commercial and financial embargo by the United States against Cuba. The people of Cuba deserve to pursue developmental aspirations and attain economic freedom. We call on President Biden, who was an invaluable member of the President Obama Administration, which sought rapprochement between Washington and Havana, to rekindle that spirit of respect and peace between the USA and Cuba, which President Obama pursued."
The current President of Namibia, as well as his predecessors, Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba, on the same rostrum, year after year, have called for the end of this genocidal US policy against Cuba. Namibia also plays an active role in the anti-blockade resolutions passed by the African Union. In addition, it votes annually in favour of the Cuban resolution condemning the US sanctions.
The words of the Namibian Head of State are in keeping with his country's position of historical solidarity towards Cuba and with the very high level of the relations between Windhoek and Havana.
On the other hand, in his speech, President Geingob also condemned the inequity in access to vaccines against Covid-19, which mainly affects developing countries. He also referred to climate change and Namibia's potential in the use of renewable energy sources. The president also called for the reform of the United Nations Security Council.
Similarly, the also President of SWAPO, Namibia's ruling party and former national liberation movement, called for the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, through “dialogue between the leaders of both parties, recognizing the two-state solution as the only pathway to a just and comprehensive peace."
In the same vein, President Geingob called for guaranteeing the self-determination of the Saharawi people.
The General Debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly will take place between September 21 and 27 in New York, headquarters of the organization.