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  • The stage is set with Cuban and U.S. flags before President Obama addresses Cubans from the stage in Havana Mar. 22, 2016.

    The stage is set with Cuban and U.S. flags before President Obama addresses Cubans from the stage in Havana Mar. 22, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 15 October 2018

The Director-General of Cuba-U.S. relations at the Cuban Foreign Ministry said Washington has increased its hostile rhetoric against Cuba in recent months.

On Sunday, Cuba denounced the United States government for resorting to “fraudulent accusations” and “defamatory campaigns” against the island including generating a climate of “greater tension” bilaterally.

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Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, the director-general for the department of Cuba-U.S. relations of Cuban Foreign Ministry, said that Washington has increased its hostile rhetoric against Cuba in recent months.

He also added that the U.S. government intends to resume the "failed campaign against Cuba in the area of human rights,” in a statement published on the official website Cubaminrex.

He lamented that "far from engaging in dialogue on the basis of respect, as Cuba has been willing to do for cooperation purposes and as it does with other countries, Washington resorts to fraudulent accusations and defamatory campaigns."

The director-general accused the administration of Donald Trump of pushing for negative bilateral relations by constant "irresponsible and provocative statements and falsehoods" about Cuba.

According to the official, the U.S. dedicated millions of resources in attempts to undermine the Cuban constitutional order, “... interfere in internal affairs and finance individuals who act as agents of a foreign power."

This interference is illegal in Cuba, as it is illegal in the U.S. and any other country according to Fernandez de Cossio.

He also affirmed that the U.S. government is making "unfounded accusations" against Cuba about the supposed health incidents that, according to Washington, damaged the health of 26 employees at its embassy in Havana reported between November 2016 and August 2017, whose causes have not yet been determined.

The situation helped in deteriorating an already delicate Cuba-U.S. relationship with Washington accusing Havana of knowing the identity of the person who caused the health problems for its officials and of not protecting them.

The director stressed that Cuba is a country of peace, that develops its foreign relations on the basis of respect and cooperation, "and considered that it is the policy of the United States towards the island that ‘suffers isolation’."

In addition, he urged the U.S. government to pay attention to Oct. 31 when he expects the international community to petition again in the United Nations for the end of Washington's policy of economic embargo imposed on Cuba.


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