U.S. Religious Leaders Meet with Cuban President (+Photos)

United Nations, Sep 28. -Members of the National Council of Churches of the United States ratified to Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, their rejection to the blockade imposed for more than 55 years ago on the Caribbean island.

During a meeting held on Thursday at the Permanent Cuban Mission to the UN, the head of State recognized the long tradition of friendship between the peoples of Cuba and the United States and thanked them for the solidarity of that ecumenical entity, reflected in multiple moments and actions.

In that sense, he mentioned their effort in favor of lifting the economic, commercial and financial siege, their support to the return of Cuban child Elian Gonzales to the Caribbean nation and the struggle for the liberation of the five anti-terrorist fighters who were incarcerated in the U.S.

Díaz-Canel highlighted the relations between U.S. churches and Cuba and recalled that restrictions to travel to the Caribbean nation imposed by the U.S. government limit the dialogue between religious denominations and the links of thousands of their members with relatives in the island.

The main message we transmitted to the President was related to the blockade, that issue came out once and again, the importance that the policy be eliminated, declared to Prensa Latina Stan Hastey, representative of the Baptist Alliance of the United States.

According to the participants at the meeting, they talked about how that policy causes pain to Cuba and how much could be solved once it is lifted.

For his part, bishop Darin Moore, member of the board of National Council of Churches, who recently visited Cuba, highlighted the hospitality of the Cuban people and also its wisdom for making a distinction between the U.S. government and the people of this nation.

North American people overwhelmingly want the blockade to end. As certain as I am standing here, I can affirm the blockade will end and our peoples will build bridges, stressed the religious leader.

A similar opinion was expressed by Reverend Joan Campbell, who considered the U.S. people want to have a good relation with Cuba.

It was very touching when the previous administration started to open doors and I think that now not all can be closed, added about the approach made between both countries since December, 2014, but which has had a retreat under the government of President Donald Trump.

Also, Jim Winkler, head of the National Council of Churches, recalled that the first declaration of that organization against the siege of the island was in 1968 and since then, it has maintained the efforts in favor of lifting it.

As we promised the President tonight, that will continue, fighting every day for that objective, he said. (Taken from Prensa Latina)

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