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Diaz-Canel says that many people on the island and in the US reject the cancellation of MLB-Cuba deal

Havana, April 9 (RHC)-- Cuban President, Miguel Diaz Canel Bermúdez, stressed that many people in Cuba and the United States reject the cancellation by US president, Donald Trump, of an agreement between the Cuban Baseball Federation and Major League Baseball (MLB).

Diaz-Canel reacted in Twitter on the decision announced Monday by the Trump Administration to end the pact reached last December after three years of negotiations, a step that was described on both sides of the Florida Straits as a step forward to stop the trafficking faced by Cuban players in their aspirations to play in the Majors.

The head of state echoed the position expressed by the Washington-based Engage Cuba Coalition, an initiative that favors trade and good bilateral relations, which qualified the cancellation of the deal as a cynical, cruel and gratuitous act that is aimed at appeasing a vocal band of obstructionists bent on continuing a 60-year policy of isolation.

In making the announcement, the Administration argued that the Cuban Baseball Federation is part of the island´s government, and that therefore trade with it is illegal, according to US law, an argument defended before by the senator of Cuban origin Marco Rubio, known for his aggressiveness against Havana.

The White House decision came less than 15 days after the Caribbean nation released a list of more than 30 eligible baseball players to sign contracts with MLB teams, based on the agreement reached, which many considered historic.

In another tweet the Cuban president quoted the words of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, when he said: "And the history of a country is written like this: giving the blood yesterday, giving the sweat today; and if again we should give the blood to defend the fruit of sweat, give the blood and always give the blood and always give the sweat! ".

 

Diaz-Canel reaqcted in Twitter to the decision announced Monday by the Trump Admiunistration to end the pact reached last December after three years of negotiations, a step described on both sides of the the Florida Straits as a step forward to stop the trafficking of people facied by  Cuban players in their aspirations to play in the Majors.

The head of state echoed the position expressed by the Washngton-based Engage Cuba Coaltion , an initiative that favors trade and good bilateral relations, which qualified the cancellation of the deal as a cynical, cruel and gratuitous act. that is aimed at appeasing a vocal band of obstructionists bent on continuing a 60 year policy of isolation.

In making the announcement , the Administration argued that the Cuban Baseball Federation is part of the island government, and that therefore trade with it is illegal, according to US law, an argument defended before by the senator of Cuban origin Marco Rubio, known for his aggressiveness against Havana.

The White House decission came less than 15 days after the Caribbean nation released a list of more than 30 eligible baseball players to sign contracts with MLB teams, based on the agreement reached, which many considered historic.

In another tweet the Cuban president  quoted the words of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, when he said: "And the history of a country is written like this: shedding the blood yesterday, giving the sweat today; and if again we should give the blood to defend the fruit of sweat, give the blood and always give the blood and always give the sweat! ".

 

Edited by Jorge Ruiz Miyares
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