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Cuba to President Trump: US in no 'condition to lecture us' on human rights

Castro govt has criticised Trump's decison of reversing Obama's steps to thaw ties with Cuba

ANI  |  New York 

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In response to President Donald Trump's announcement that he is reversing the Obama administration's steps to thaw ties with Cuba, the government has hit back strongly saying the Unites States is in no "condition to lecture "

The statement by asserted by Trump's Miami address to announce the rollback was "full of hostile rhetoric", adding that the announced policies will "revert" the progress achieved between the two countries in the past two years, reports CNN.

Under the President's executive order, the will begin strictly enforcing the exemptions that allow between the and and prohibit commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the military and intelligence services.

Trump also directed Secretary of State to convene a task force on expanding Internet access on the island and reiterated the United States' opposition to efforts in the United Nations to lift the until more is done to honor

During his speech, Trump had also slammed for abuses, saying, "The regime has shipped arms to and fueled chaos in While imprisoning innocents, it has harbored cop killers, hijackers and terrorists. It has supported human trafficking, forced labor and exploitation all around the globe."

Giving a strong rebuttal, the Cuban government stated that Trump's executive order betrays a double standard on

"We have deep concerns by the respect and the guaranties of the in that country, where there is a large number of cases of murder, brutality and police abuse, particularly against the African Americans; the right to live is violated as a result of deaths by firearms," the statement read.

Listing out a string of its concerns, the statements included matters of worry like: racial discrimination, salary inequality between genders, the marginalization of immigrants and refugees from Islamic and other countries, Trump's proposed wall on the southern border, his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the imprisonment of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, the killing of and foreign citizens in drone attacks, the preface for and conduct of the wars in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, and estimates that the Republican would cause 23 million people to lose medical insurance.

"The President, ill-advised once again, takes decisions that favor the political interests of an extremist minority of Cuban origin in the state of Florida, who driven by petty motivation, do not desist from their objective to punish and its people for exercising the legitimate and sovereign right to be free and for having taken the reins of their own destiny," the statement said.

Trump said Friday that any easement of restrictions on doing business in would have to wait until political prisoners are freed and fair elections are held.

"This is the simple truth of the regime. My administration will not hide from it, excuse it or glamorize it. And we will never, ever be blind to it. We know what's going on and we remember what happened.

First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 10:40 IST
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