Ottawa, June 7, 2021.- Earlier today, The Ambassador of Cuba to Canada, Josefina Vidal gave a press interview to journalist Stephen Wicary from Bloomberg media.
During the interview, the Cuban diplomat referred to the unprecedented tightening of the U.S. blockade, the positive state of relations between Cuba and Canada, the pandemic situation in our country, the development of five Cuban vaccine candidates and the health intervention study, currently underway with the two most advanced ones: Abdala and Soberana 02.
The Cuban Ambassador explained the negative impact of the more than 240 measures implemented by the Trump administration on Cuba, it's economy and the living conditions of the Cuban people, which was further aggravated during the pandemic and, more recently, following the entry into force of the fraudulent and unjust designation of our country as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, which Cuba is definitely not. She highlighted that not a single one of Trump's measures have been reversed by the Biden administration, despite his electoral promise to eliminate those that cause the most harm to the Cuban population and family. Likewise, recalled the extraterritorial scope of the blockade and its impact on the legitimate economic interests of third countries in Cuba and mentioned, among other examples, the activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act in April 2019, under which, at this very moment, there is a Canadian company, Teck Resources Limited, who is being sued in a South Florida court.
For all these reasons, Josefina Vidal emphasized that on June 23, Cuba will re-submit for consideration of the United Nations General Assembly the draft resolution “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” and as is already a tradition, expects to receive overwhelming support from the international community, including Canada. She also highlighted the growing movement within the United States in favour of the elimination of the blockade, including among Cuban emigrants.
On the relations between Cuba and Canada, expressed that they are in a good state. She commented on the celebration, in March 2020, of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the continuity of the political dialogue between the Foreign Ministries, and acknowledged the assistance provided by the Canadian government to Cuba, with a view to acquiring the necessary supplies to face COVID-19 through the Pan American Health Organization.
Embassy of Cuba in Canada