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June 18, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Cuban President Raul Castro

Cuba has rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's hard line decision of hardening the blockade by reverting crucial measures taken by the previous administration of Barack Obama to engage with the island.

In an official response, the Cuban Government stressed at the same time the importance of a civilized and peaceful coexistence for the benefit of both nations and peoples.

By signing Friday afternoon a presidential national security directive, Cuba said that Trump has imposed additional hurdles to the very restricted business opportunities that are available for American companies in Cuba.

"They tighten more the right of American citizens to visit the island, already limited by having to comply with discriminatory licenses at times when the U.S. Congress, reflecting the opinion of broad sectors of the American society, not only claim to put an end to the travel ban, but also that restrictions to do trade with Cuba be lifted," said the statement.

Cuba added that the announcement of President Trump went against the support of most of the U.S. public opinion, including the Cuban emigration in that country, to the calls for fully lifting the blockade and establishing normal relations.

The Government of Cuba predicted that the measures "are doomed to fail as it has been proven in the past".

The statement rejected what it called "the manipulation for political ends and the double standard in treating the human rights issue".

"With its modest resources Cuba has contributed to improving human rights in many places in the world, despite the limitations imposed to a blockaded country.

"We recall that Cuba is a State party to 44 international human rights instruments, while the United States comply with only 18, therefore we have much to show, comment and defend," the statement said.

After stressing that Cuba has not renounced any of those principles, the statement reiterated Cuba's willingness to pursue a respectful dialogue and cooperation on issues of common interest, as well as maintaining negotiation on pending bilateral matters with the U.S. Government.

"The past two years has shown that the two countries, as Cuban President Raul Castro has repeated, can cooperate and live together in a civilized manner, respecting differences and fostering everything that can benefit both nations and people," the statement said.

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