Cuban Chargé d’Affaires to Liberia, Yordenis Despaigne Vera, has lauded the Liberian government for its continuous support to Cuba, especially advocating for removal of sanctions against that country.
Mr. Vera spoke on September 29 at the Cuban Embassy in Congo Town, Monrovia. He recalled how Liberia, at the level of the United Nations, has been pleading on Cuba’s behalf to lift the economic sanctions and traveling restrictions placed on the country by United States over 50 years ago.
He said Liberia’s role in alleviating the problems confronting Cuba is unforgettable, because the country feels the impact, as the Obama Administration is beginning to take some actions that will pave the way to lifting the sanctions.
He assured the Liberian government that said relation between the two countries will continue to yield fruits as both are committed to playing their respective roles in consolidating the ties.
Liberia-Cuban relations began on April 19, 1974.
Mr. Vera reaffirmed Cuba’s support to Liberia in the health sector, furthering that three Liberians are currently studying in Cuba and the door will always be opened to interested persons.
It may be recalled that during the 2014 Ebola crisis in Liberia, Cuba sent some of her best doctors here to work along with others to contain the disease.
The United States imposed economic blockade and traveling sanctions on Cuba in the 1960s for its association with the former Soviet Union.
Among sanctions the US imposed on Cuba is the Cuban Assets Control Regulation (CACR) of 1963. This sanction prohibits US nationals or persons subject to US jurisdiction from carrying out financial transactions with Cuba. Cuban assets under this sanction are also frozen and imported goods of Cuban origin prohibited from entering the US, among other restrictions.
Furthermore, the Foreign Assistance Act of 1963 authorizes the President of the United States to establish and maintain a total embargo on trade with Cuba, and it prohibits the authorization of any aid to the Cuban government.
Since the impositions of these sanctions in the 60s, it was on June 19, 2015, that the Obama administration began improving relations by establishing a US Embassy in Cuba and a Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Following the exchange of ambassadors, President and Mrs. Obama visited Cuba on March 22 this year.
On August 30, the first commercial flight from the United States landed in Cuba.