In statements to national and foreign media, the head of Cuban diplomacy pointed out that this is an issue that will be discussed at the next Summit of the Americas, to be held in Los Angeles, the United States, from which that country is trying to exclude Cuba.
Rodriguez mentioned the United States blockade imposed for more than six decades on Cuba, and intensified even during the Covid-19 pandemic, causing shortages and hindering development. It constitutes the greatest violation of the Cuban people’s rights.
He also described as selective and discriminatory Washington’s migration policy, which promotes irregular and unsafe migration and imposes obstacles to travelers.
Rodriguez recalled that the US has breached bilateral agreements to grant of at least 20,000 visas annually to Cuban nationals, while it has interrupted its consular services in Havana, reduced flights, and followed a policy of denying visas to Cuban citizens.
The Cuban Adjustment Act, the misleading propaganda and the persistent political manipulation on social media, constitute a constant encouragement to disorderly and unsafe migration, the foreign minister pointed out.
He noted that the 9th Summit of the Americas could still be an opportunity to discuss the most pressing problems of the continent, if it did not exclude countries of the region.
It would be surprising if US President Joe Biden departs from the policy of which he was vice president (under the administration of Barack Obama, 2019-2017), and even that of Republican President Donald Trump (2017-2021), who invited Cuba to the Lima Summit, in Peru, he said.