Cuban Press Stresses New Obama’s Call for Lifting Blockade

Havana, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban media broadcast today the call of President Obama yesterday night on the U.S. Congress to lift the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed to the island for more than 50 years.

Under headlines such as “Obama calls on the Congress to lift the blockade on Cuba,” newspapers, websites and radio stations highlight some important issues included in Obama’s last speech on the State of the Union.

“You want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere? Recognize that the Cold War is over. Lift the blockade,” Granma newspaper quoted the head of State, who, according to the publication, acknowledged the failure of 50 years of isolating the Caribbean nation.

According to Cubadebate website, Obama defended his decision to restore in July diplomatic relations with Cuba, after 50 years of rupture and confrontation between Washington and Havana.

The president said that the failure of the policy promoted under the premise of those days was what led him “opening the door to travel and commerce” with Cuba, and recalled that the isolation policy of his predecessors hindered the United States’ relations with Latin America, the website noted.

Radio Rebelde station, in turn, stressed that the head of State reiterated the request of ending the blockade to lawmakers from both chambers attended the event to listen to his final State of the Union, pronounced the year the country will hold presidential elections.

At the same time, the Caribbean country’s media reported that Obama also called for the closure of the prison of the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo, a military enclave located in eastern Cuban territory against the will of the people and government of the island.

According to Trabajadores weekly, the president said that prison “is expensive, unnecessary and only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies.”

Obama went back to his old campaign pledge to close the detention center that has so far failed to comply, despite his repeated calls to the Congress to join the effort, Cubadebate posted.

Juventud Rebelde newspaper also stressed that in his almost more than one-hour speech, the president outlined the results of its management in 2015, and asked for support to the parliament to carry out its strategy of fight against the Islamic state.

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