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Colombian President Asks Washington to Lift Blockade of Cuba

Havana, December 5 (RHC)-- Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos called on Washington to modify its policy towards Cuba and to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on the island for over half a century now.

For Santos, it is now time for the United States to modify its policy on Cuba. He said that Cuba would be willing to implement changes and both sides must yield somehow –- with more changes in Cuba, according to Santos, and more understanding on the part of Washington. The Colombian president met with the chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tom Donohue in Washington as part of his official visit to the United States.

“What I see in the United States is particularly young people who think that the blockade is obsolete and it does not work,” said Santos, who used the word blockade and not 'embargo' usually quoted by the United States, according to a report in the Miami Herald newspaper.

On Monday, Santos acknowledged the work of Cuba as venue of ongoing peace talks between his government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. He said that the dialog has advanced as never before in the search for peace. The Cuban government has given significant collaboration during the talks, he said, and went on to note that he believed they took the right decision.

Edited by Juan Leandro
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