Thiruvananthapuram: Though the U.S. has a new President, the nation’s foreign policy is nothing but “the same dog in a different collar,” the Ambassador of Cuba to India, Miguel Angel Ramirez Ramos, has said.
He was speaking at a reception given to him by the Indian Society for Cultural Cooperation here on Tuesday.
While it is true that President Barack Obama has made minor changes in the way the U.S. approaches Cuba, the “ball will still be in America’s court” till the U.S. lifts its blockade against Cuba and hands back Guantanamo Bay, he said.
The blockade has caused damage to the tune of $93 billion to the Cuban economy and the U.S. continues to be the same imperialist power. Some people say that now that the Bush era is over, American can be a good friend of Cuba’s.
“I request you not to be deceived by this propaganda of the western media. Obama’s is a smart policy, but essentially the same policy as that of President Bush. At the root, nothing has changed whatsoever,” Mr. Ramos said. The new administration is but a “Clinton administration” with Mr. Obama as the president, he added.
Cuba is a poor nation but one that lives with dignity. It is thanks to Cuba that sweeping changes are taking place in various Latin American countries, including Venezuela and Bolivia, he said. These countries are now able to stand up to American imperialism.
Even though it is the third poorest Latin American country, Bolivia has been able to battle illiteracy with help from Cuba.
Efforts are on to forge a Kerala-Cuba partnership in the field of health care, he added.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister C. Divakaran was among those who spoke on the occasion.