Cuban diplomat explains the impact and scope of US embargo to students of the University of Canterbury

Wellington, June 26th, 2019. Organized by the University of Canterbury and the Embassy of Cuba, Chargé d'Affaires ai Saimin Fis Abad held a fruitful exchange on topics of the international agenda with postgraduate students of this university, who are doing the master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy.

During the meeting, the Cuban diplomat offered details on the current of Cuba – US relations, emphasizing on the strengthening of the economic, financial and commercial embargo and the aggressive escalation of the current US administration against Cuba. She detailed the impact for the Cuban people of the latest measures adopted by the Trump Administration, that include the prohibition of cruises and other recreational vessels to Cuba; the new limits to remittances that Cuban residents in that country send to their relatives and the restriction of the trips of US citizens to Cuba, through the prohibition of educational group trips and people to people category. She also referred to the impact and extraterritorial nature of the decision of the US government to apply Title III of the Helms Burton Act, which enables US citizens to claim on national courts properties nationalized by the Cuban Revolution in the early 1960s.

The students showed interest in knowing Cuba's vision and position in relation to various topics on the international agenda, as well as on the links with New Zealand and the Pacific region. This included information on events in Latin America, the situation in Venezuela, Cuba´s international cooperation and especifically in the Pacific. 

This has become a permanent event in the program these students fulfill on a visit to Wellington to address public institutions, parliament and diplomatic missions. It is organized by the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the University of Canterbury. (Embacuba NZ)

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