Cuba expresses thanks for intl solidarity against the US blockade

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Havana on April 25, 2022. (JORGE LUIS BANOS / POOL / AFP)

HAVANA – Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez on Monday thanked the world for its support for the country in the fight against the US blockade.

The International Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba began on Saturday and ended on Monday, following a two-year suspension due to COVID-19

Rodriguez made the remarks in the International Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba held in Havana, with the participation of Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and around 1,000 activists from some 60 countries and regions.

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Rodriguez thanked the participating delegates of 219 unions, political groups or civic organizations for their solidarity.

"Through your struggle, you encourage the creative, persistent and victorious resistance of the Cuban people in the midst of enormous difficulties," said the minister.

Rodriguez also denounced the intensification "to extreme levels" of the US-led trade embargo against Cuba, which the Cuban government estimates has cost the Caribbean island over $150 billion over the years.

The International Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba began on Saturday and ended on Monday, following a two-year suspension due to COVID-19.

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Organized by the Workers Central Union of Cuba and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, the forum was first held in 1994.