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Obama calls on US Congress to lift Cuba embargo
Published on January 14, 2016 Email To Friend    Print Version

President Barack Obama delivering his final State of the Union Address on Tuesday

WASHINGTON, USA (ACN) -- US President Barack Obama called on the US Congress on Tuesday to lift the over-50-year economic, commercial and financial embargo of Cuba.

"You want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere? Recognize that the Cold War is over. Lift the embargo," said Obama in his final State of the Union Address.

The president said that 50 years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote US interests and that led to a setback for the US in Latin America and "that's why we restored diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce..."

Obama for the first time asked the US Congress to lift the trade embargo on Cuba in his previous State of the Union Address shortly after the historic December 17 announcement that diplomatic relations would be restored.

And although some draft legislation has been promoted regarding bilateral relations, the US Congress with a Republican majority has not taken any significant step this year to dismantle the policy towards Cuba.

In his address, Obama focused on the future of the country and the economic, social and foreign policy challenges ahead.

The president stressed the need to address climate change and the fight on terrorism at the global level.
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C. ben-David:

If Congress heeds the President, this will spell gloom and doom for the tourist industry throughout the Caribbean as millions of Americans who vacationed elsewhere flock to this "new" destination.

The overpriced English-speaking islands will be especially hurt. Those trying to enhance their tourism presence such as St. Vincent and the Grenadines which is still in the process of building an international airport after over 15 years of planning and construction will be dead on arrival.


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