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US Senators ask Biden to resume cooperation with Cuba

US Senators ask Biden to resume cooperation with Cuba

Washington, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Five US senators asked Joe Biden's government to restore cooperation with Cuba, especially on issues related to the environment and climate change, diplomatic sources disclosed today.
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Democrats Sheldon Whitehouse, Patrick Leahy, Ron Wyden, Chris Van Hollen and Jeffrey Merkley sent a letter to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, in which they request to reverse the policies of the Donald Trump administration regarding the island. The Cuban ambassador in Washington, Lianys Torres, showed on her Twitter account the text of the document where legislators call to resume dialogue with Havana on issues such as conservation of marine ecosystems due to the geographical proximity of both territories.

For this reason, they urge the US government to talk with the Cuban authorities to implement as soon as possible the existing agreements between the two countries on environmental protection, clean energy, fishing, climate adaptation and biodiversity.

They recalled that cooperation in these aspects were central components of the bilateral policy of the last years of President Barack Obama (2009-2017), of whom the current head of the White House was vice president.

Officials of the US Executive reiterate that Cuba is not a priority issue for this government, and after almost five months in power, the 243 punitive measures imposed by Trump in his desire to strengthen the economic blockade against the Caribbean country remain intact.

Recently, several senators presented a bipartisan initiative called the Freedom to Export to Cuba Act, with the objective of having Congress lift the unilateral sanctions that Washington imposed on the largest of the Antilles for six decades.

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