“We have seen almost no difference in terms of the impact that US policy is having on the daily lives of the people of Cuba,” said Carlos Fernández de Cossío.
Cuba “sees almost no difference” for its population between the policy of US President Joe Biden and that of his predecessor Donald Trump, the island’s deputy foreign minister said this Friday (04/22/2022) in Washington.
“In practical terms, we have seen almost no difference, in terms of the impact that US policy is having on the daily life of the people of Cuba,” Carlos Fernández de Cossío replied to a journalist who asked him if Biden seemed different to Trump. .
On April 21, the deputy minister led the Cuban delegation in the first high-level meeting with the US government since Biden arrived at the White House, which was focused on migration.
The United States and Cuba held regular meetings on immigration issues until Trump called them off. Supporter of a hard line with the island, the Republican Trump reinforced the embargo in force since 1962 and broke with the diplomatic normalization undertaken by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.
Biden, who was Obama’s vice president, promised to improve relations, with no changes seen. His government condemns what it describes as a “wave of oppression” since the July 2021 protests on the island, which resulted in one death, dozens of people injured and 1,395 detained according to the latest count by the Miami-based NGO, Cubalex.
Cuba blames the United States for being behind these protests, the largest since the triumph of the revolution in 1959.
However, political issues were not discussed at Thursday’s meeting, says Cossío, corroborating statements by US officials. “At the moment the disposition that we have seen is to deal only with migratory issues,” he declared this Friday to a small group of journalists.
Biden considers migration a primary issue and, according to official data, from October 2021 to March 2022, more than 78,000 Cubans entered the country through the border with Mexico, that is, twice as many as those who left the island during the so-called “crisis of the rafters”, in 1994.
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