Bolivia's President Evo Morales has rejected the United States economic blockade imposed on Cuba as well as President Donald Trump's decision to backtrack on the normalization of diplomatic relations with Havana.
In a public letter sent to his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro and published on Twitter, Morales repeated his nation's “unconditional support and solidarity” with the Cuban Revolution and the “most heroic people of the continent”.
“We expect Trump's government to be defeated one more time, morally and politically, just like his predecessors were since 1959,” said the president, who arrived on Tuesday in Nicaragua to take part in the 23rd Forum of Sao Paolo and celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution.
“We trust the U.S. people and its political conscience, in the youth, people of color, workers, students, freedom activists, justice and participative democracy and social movements,” he added. “We trust that the million of people left out of the system will soon or later recover the power that is oppressing and exploiting them today.”
In a speech in Miami on June 16, Trump announced his cancellation of his predecessor Barack Obama’s "completely one-sided deal with Cuba."
“Our policy will seek a much better deal for the Cuban people and for the United States of America. We don’t want U.S. dollars to prop up a military monopoly that exploits and abuses the citizens of Cuba,” Trump said.
He added that U.S. sanctions would not be lifted until Cuba frees “political prisoners” and holds “free elections.”
Under the changes, Washington will tighten rules on individual U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba.
Visitors going there for non-academic educational purposes will again be required to travel with organized tour groups run by U.S. companies.
The revised policy also bans most U.S. business deals with the military-linked Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group, while still allowing airlines and cruise ships to continue services.
In response, the Cuban government reaffirmed its willingness to work with Washington while at the same time slamming its continuation of the blockade.