HANOI, July 16 (Reuters) – Vietnam urged the US on Friday to finish its “hostile coverage” and raise its longstanding commerce embargo on Cuba, the overseas ministry stated, following this week’s uncommon anti-government protests on the island.
“The U.S. must take concrete steps within the path of normalizing relations with Cuba for the advantage of the 2 peoples, contributing to peace, stability and improvement within the area and the world,” ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Cling stated in an announcement.
Hundreds of Cubans staged the largest anti-government protests in many years on Sunday, demonstrating in opposition to an financial disaster and the federal government’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic and curbs on civil liberties.
Vietnam and Cuba are among the many final 5 Communist-ruled nations on the planet, together with China, Laos and North Korea. Washington has maintained a commerce embargo in opposition to Cuba for the reason that early Nineteen Sixties, which authorities in Havana blame for a number of the nation’s financial issues.
America lifted its commerce embargo in opposition to Vietnam in 1994, and relations between former foes have warmed lately. America is now Vietnam’s largest export market.
Cling stated Vietnam “believes that Cuba will overcome the present socio-economic difficulties attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications of the embargo”.
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