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French parliamentary group condemns US blockade against Cuba


French parliamentary group condemns US blockade against Cuba

Havana, Mar 11 (Prensa Latina) The president of the France-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group, François-Michel Lambert, condemned the US blockade against Cuba and demanded its lifting in an interview published here.
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According to the French deputy, Washington’s economic, commercial and financial blockade directly affects the Cuban people and he considered it “a measure that we cannot accept because it is inhuman”.

In an interview with the web portal Cubadebate, he referred to the extraterritorial nature of the policy imposed unilaterally more than 60 years ago and pointed out that “it harms the island’s relations with other countries and organizations at the international level”.

This “constitutes a brake for the development of the Caribbean nation”, the European said and pointed out how the fight for the elimination of the blockade is the main action developed by the France-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group, made up of 70 deputies.

The interviewee also commented that in his country and in the so-called old continent, the existing image of the island is marked by news from the big Western media that many times only mention negative issues, such as underdevelopment and shortages.

In this sense, he said that the press does not mention the advances in biotechnology, the creation of five Covid-19 vaccines and the fact that Cuba was the first country to immunize its pediatric population.

“The French media talk about the difficulties, but they do not explain that many of them are essentially consequences of the blockade policy; that is why our task is to disseminate the reality we see here,” Lambert pointed out.

In this regard, he stressed that “what is lacking in Cuba are the resources, not the capacity or the intelligence to carry out development projects”.

In the deputy’s opinion, if the blockade did not exist, travel, tourism and exchange between the French and Cuban people would be much greater, and he emphasized that both countries have the potential to carry out joint projects.

As examples of collaboration, he recalled the support of the French Development Agency for the production of vaccines against meningitis and pneumonia, as well as the presence on the island of two headquarters of the Alliance Française for the teaching of the French language.

Other ways to foster ties are the cultural exchange and the exchange of experiences for the management of community socioeconomic development, the source added.

During his stay in Havana since March 3, Lambert and the delegation of the French National Assembly accompanying him on an official visit held meetings with the top leaders of the Party, the State and the Government.

The work agenda allowed the visitors to learn details about Cuban Covid-19 vaccines, the Constitution, the monetary reform and the recent norms to promote non-State forms of management.


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