BASSETERRE: St. Kitts & Nevis has opened an embassy in Cuba and called on the United States to end its decades old trade and economic embargo against the only Communist country in the Caribbean.
A government statement said that Foreign Affairs Minister Patrice Nisbett told delegates at the opening of the embassy that Basseterre would continue to support the annual United Nations General Assembly vote calling on the U.S. to remove the embargo placed on the island when Fidel Castro assumed power 50 years ago.
“We continue to avail ourselves of every opportunity and in every forum to appeal to the United States of America to bring to an immediate end its unfair treatment of the Cuban people who continue to suffer unreasonably as a result of the decades old embargo.
“Cuba is our neighbour. Cuba is our friend and we shall continue to exploit all possible means of speaking on their behalf in the international community on this issue,” said Nisbett.
The St. Kitts & Nevis government has noted that the majority of countries within this hemisphere have supported Cuba in its quest for “normal and constructive relations” with all nations around the world.
The United States and a handful of countries have consistently voted against ending the embargo.