Vietnam, int'l community call on US to end blockade on Cuba

Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), has joined those of other countries in opposing the US’s economic and trade blockade on Cuba, emphasising that these measures violate international law and run counter to the fundamental principles and norms of the UN Charter.

Making the remarks at the UN General Assembly’s annual debate on the “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”, Giang reaffirmed Vietnam's opposition to all forms of unilateral imposition and sanctions on sovereign nations.

At the meeting, participating member countries and groups of countries shared the difficulties faced by the Cuban people due to the prolonged negative impact of the blockade imposed on their nation in more than six decades so far. They also called on the US to remove Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism and immediately end the blockade on Havana, fearing that if the ban is not lifted, Cuba will have difficulty achieving its socio-economic development and sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Expressing his sympathy with Cuba's difficulties, the Vietnamese diplomat called on the US to lift the blockade, remove Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, and reverse its current policies on Cuba, moving towards normalising relations between the two nations based on equality, reciprocity, and respect for each other's sovereignty and political independence.

Vietnam stands ready to share its experiences and contribute to promoting dialogue and building trust in this process, he affirmed, reiterating Vietnam’s close cooperation, friendship, and solidarity with the Cuban people.

As part of its debate on November 1 and 2, the 193-member body voted by a large margin against the blockade, first imposed in 1960. A total of 187 states voted for the 1992 resolution put forward each year against the blockade, with the US and Israel voting against and Ukraine abstaining.

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