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Over 400 public figures ask Biden to 'let Cuba live'

By Sun Ru | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-07-26 11:25

Cubans residing in the US march to the White House to ask for the lifting of the US blockade against Cuba, July 25, 2021. [Photo/Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in China]

Over 400 people from around the world, including politicians, intellectuals, scientists, clergy, artists, activists and ex-heads of state, have made a public appeal published on the Friday edition of The New York Times to US President Joe Biden to lift Donald Trump's 243 unilateral and additional sanctions on Cuba.

According to the signed letter, the sanctions are hindering Cuba's efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives. They have lost billions of revenue from international tourism because of the pandemic, which should have been invested in the public health system, food distribution and economy in normal times. The situation has drawn the world's attention.

"It's unconscionable, especially during a pandemic, to intentionally block remittances and Cuba's use of global financial institutions, given that access to dollars is necessary for the importation of food and medicine," the signers wrote.

"We ask you to immediately sign an executive order and annul Trump's 243 'coercive measures'," the signers wrote, adding it is time to end the blockade and fully normalize US-Cuba relations.

On June 23, 184 UN member states voted for the US to lift the sanctions, with only the US and Israel voting against and three abstentions. This is the consistent position of most member states over the past 30 years.

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