21 March 2016
Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry urged the U.S. to lift the blockade on Cuba and close the Guantanamo Bay military prison.
Ecuador welcomes the historic visit of Barack Obama to Cuba but is urging the U.S. president to take further steps to speak about justice.
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Obama needs to do more
“We welcome the visit of President Barack Obama to Cuba but he needs to do more in order to speak about justice,” said Foreign Minister Guillaume Long on Twitter.
Raul and Obama meet in Havana
Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro are holding a meeting in Havana aimed at fully normalizing relations between their countries, part of the first visit of a U.S. president to the island in 88 years.
Minister Long also urged the U.S. to lift the blockade on Cuba. “While it is the power of Congress, many of the most aggressive measures may pass by the executive,” he said.
Long said the Guantanamo military prison should be closed, saying the “urgency is even greater since it is a torture center.”
Obama’s trip comes 15 months after he announced the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba for the first time in more than five decades.
However, despite the improved ties between both countries, there are some pending issues that need to be solved in order to fully normalize relations.
President Castro has also reiterated that Guantanamo Bay must be returned to Cuba and that the blockade that has been imposed on Cuba since 1960 needs to be removed.