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Cuba president hits out at US foreign policy, blasts Afghanistan destruction

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel delivers a speech during a ceremony for the 211th anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, at the Zocalo square in Mexico City on September 16, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel during a UN address has strongly censured the US-led messy withdrawal from Afghanistan after decades-long occupation, stressing that Washington inherits a history of foreign policy disasters.

Afghanistan was just one example Díaz-Canel, during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, used to attack US foreign policy, which he said relied on the “pernicious use and abuse of measures of economic coercion.”

“Afghanistan is not an isolated case. It has been evidence that where the United States intervenes, there is an increase in instability, deaths, suffering and enduring scars.” he said in a pre-recorded video.

“Occupation only leaves destruction, and no country has the right to impose its will on sovereign nations,” he said, adding, "The US government is threatening, extorting and pressuring sovereign states."

Following US President Joe Biden’s decision to fully withdraw the American troops from Afghanistan, the government swiftly fell in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, amid the Taliban’s seizure of the entire country.

On September 7, the Taliban announced the formation of a caretaker government.

The Taliban first ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 until the United States invaded the country and toppled their government in 2001 on the pretext of fighting terrorism following the September 11 attacks in the US.

Western countries and international financial organizations have suspended aid to Afghanistan, depriving it of billions of dollars needed to finance vital food imports, as the Taliban have not been recognized by the international community.

Elsewhere in his speech, Díaz-Canel scolded US President Joe Biden for maintaining more than 200 measures adopted by former US president Donald Trump against Cuba and other nations.

The Cuban president also voiced support for regional allies Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, and said the South American nation “will always be able to count on Cuba’s solidarity.”

Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez in a post on social media on Tuesday criticized the United States for pursuing a divisive strategy in the world, saying Washington lacks the moral authority to promote peace, human dignity and development.  

The top Cuban diplomat further noted that the disguised application of Trump’s wrong and dangerous foreign policy makes the current administration responsible for the damage caused to international peace and stability, and its serious consequences.

Biden has not only kept Trump’s maximum pressure campaign on Cuba, but he has also increased the sanctions, saying that this is just the beginning. Several prominent lawmakers in US Congress, specifically Republicans, have also advocated direct intervention in Cuba, even suggesting bombing strikes.

Numerous resolutions by the United Nations General Assembly have indicated that the US blockade of Cuba is against international law.


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