New York, U.S.A., Sep 27 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met with US agricultural businesspersons on Thursday and highlighted how this is one of the sectors that most strongly advocate for normalizing relations between the two countries.
Although the time in this visit to the UN General Assembly is very tight, we had a lot of interest in this meeting and in pushing through a message of peace, unity, understanding, and also of appeal, the President said.
Agriculture is one of the sectors in which Cuba has had the chance, though limited, to have economic and commercial dealings with the US, he recalled, adding there was a time when Cuba imported more than 1.1 billion dollars a year of US products, he explained.
According to the Statesman, this figure fell due to the hardening of the US blockade, which imposes cash payments and limits the amounts of products to import.
Despite the measures taken by the new administration, we are still open for talks, he said, noting that there are many reasons that show the interest of the US people and that of the Island, and of the Cubans living in the United States, who want normal relations between both countries.
The setback in the reestablishment of relations is only linked to the interests of a minority that, working with politics, tries to stop the rapprochement, he stressed.
Therefore, the Cuban President ratified before the US agricultural entrepreneurs that Cuba comes with a message of dialogue, provided it on a base of respect, without conditioning and without impositions.
Working with the US agricultural sector would also allow the transfer of technology and increase some local productions and later it could be extended to scientific and technological field in a mutually beneficial way, said Diaz-Canel in the meeting.
This meeting, held at the headquarters of the Cuban mission to the UN, was organized by the United States Agricultural Coalition for Cuba (Usacc) and by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (Nasda).