Prime Minister of Jamaica appeals for the end of US blockade against Cuba

JAMAICA, July 6, 2015.

Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon Portia Simpson Miller, appealed for the end of the United States blockade against Cuba, during the 36th CARICOM Summit, celebrated in Barbados. During her remarks at the first plenary session of this meeting, Simpson Miller raised the issue of the improvement of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States of America, and urged CARICOM to call for the ending of the US trade embargo against Cuba. The Prime Minister said her country welcomed the announcement on July 1 by the Presidents of Cuba and the United States confirming their decision to re-establish diplomatic relations between the two countries and to re-open permanent diplomatic missions in their respective capitals. Likewise, she pointed out that although the issue was not on the agenda of the meeting, “Jamaica recommends that as part of the outcome of this meeting, CARICOM issues a statement welcoming the significant step in the normalisation of diplomatic relations marked by the opening of embassies in Havana and Washington.” CARICOM member States reiterated, in the final document of this summit, their call for the removal of the trade embargo as this would be a further step in the normalisation of relations between Cuba and the United States.

Source Cubaminrex/ Embacuba Jamaica.