HAVANA TIMES — US President Barack Obama says he is convinced that the US Congress will eventually lift the embargo on Cuba, reported dpa news on Monday.
“I’m sure that Congress will inevitably lift an embargo which should no longer be there,” Obama said in his address this morning to the UN General Assembly.
Obama put the new US policy toward Cuba as an example that the doctrine of dialogue works and bears fruit: The US and Cuba reestablished bilateral relations in July, after more than half a century of disruption and ideological confrontation.
In the presence of Cuban President Raul Castro, Obama acknowledged once again that the policy of isolation of the island conducted his predecessors in the White House failed.
“For 50 years, the United States pursued a policy towards Cuba that failed to improve the lives of Cubans. We have changed this,” Obama said at the United Nations.
The US president recalled that there are still “differences” with the Cuban government and that his government continues to defend the need to improve rights on the island. “But now we address these issues through diplomatic relations and increased trade,” said Obama.
The US and Cuba formally reestablished bilateral relations on July 20. Experts say there will be no normalization of relations until the United States lifts the embargo.
Although Obama has taken steps to relax the embargo he cannot lift it with his executive powers. Only Congress can lift the ban entirely.