THE formal reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States hit the international headlines.
Media from around the world highlighted the announcement of the opening of embassies in both capitals as of July 20 this year.
U.S. newspapers The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as the television channel CNN, among other media of the country, noted that Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the island very soon.
According to the online newspaper The Hill, the measure is an important step in the efforts of both countries to end years of tension that resulted in an economic, commercial and financial blockade against the Cuban people.
The press also echoed President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to lift the blockade.
The “policy of isolation…hasn’t worked for 50 years (…) So I’d ask Congress to listen to the Cuban people. Listen to the American people,” the President stated.
“You can’t hold the future of Cuba hostage to what happened in the past,” Obama added. On December 17 last year, he announced together with his Cuban counterpart, Raúl Castro, the decision to reestablish diplomatic relations. “Above all, Americans who want to get to know their neighbors to the south,” the President stated, adding that the U.S. wished to increase channels of communication.
“We are neighbors. Now we can be friends,” he quoted during his speech, which follows several rounds of negotiations between representatives of the two countries.
CHINA WELCOMES REESTABLISHMENT OF RELATIONS AND DEMANDS WASHINGTON ENDS THE BLOCKADE
The Government of the People's Republic of China applauded the announcement on July 1 regarding the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, with the opening of embassies, but insisted that Washington has to swiftly lift the blockade and sanctions against Havana.
The Chinese government “welcomes and supports Cuba and the United States carrying forward normalization of their ties,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said during a press briefing in Beijing, according to Spanish news agency EFE.
“The resumption of Cuba-U.S. diplomatic ties is conducive to the common interests of the two countries and their people,” Chunying added.
EUROPEAN UNION: REESTABLISHMENT OF RELATIONS IS GOOD NEWS
E.U. High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, also commented on her Twitter account @FedericaMog: “Sometimes we need good news: #US and #Cuba restoring diplomatic relations is an important one! Hope it will bring reforms and end of embargo (blockade).”
BRAZIL: REOPENING OF EMBASSIES, AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS NORMALIZATION
The Brazilian government expressed its “satisfaction” with the announcements made by the Presidents of Cuba and the U.S., Raúl Castro and Barack Obama, on the reopening of embassies in both countries.
“This is an important step in the process of normalization of relations between the two countries, with whom Brazil maintains traditional and profound ties of friendship and cooperation,” a statement released by the Brazilian Foreign Ministry noted.
The statement adds that “the Brazilian Government salutes the United States and Cuba for their option for dialogue and for this historic decision, representing the overcoming of an anachronistic animosity and potentially bringing positive effects for the entire American continent,” cites EFE.
UN: WE HOPE THAT THIS HISTORIC STEP BENEFITS THE PEOPLES OF BOTH COUNTRIES
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, also praised the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the neighbouring countries.
Through a statement released on July 1, Ban welcomed the announcement regarding the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana on July 20.
The move marks “an important step on the path toward the normalization of relations,” he noted.
He also noted that in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, the international organization supports efforts to promote harmonious and neighborly relations between the two States.
The Secretary-General hopes that this historic step will benefit the peoples of both countries, the statement concludes.