LA PAZ.— Speaking with the press, Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed his hope that President Barack Obama would end the blockade of Cuba, and return territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base.
He said that the process Cuba and the United States have undertaken to normalize relations is a resounding victory for the Cuban people and the Revolution, emphasizing that Cuba’s resistance to pressures of all kinds, and ability to move forward with its own project, are inspiring to peoples and the left, around the world.
He added that Cuba has international support in the United Nations, where only two or three nations support the blockade, and recalled that, at the beginning of his Presidency, he was criticized for building relations with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran, but that now countries like the U.S. are working to establish such ties.
Morales recalled that his response to this criticism was always that he hoped to have relations with all the world’s countries, since Bolivia’s traditional culture is one of dialogue.
He commented, “Now, instead of us running after the United States, they are after the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.”