The United Nations has, for the 19th year in a row, passed a resolution to drop its longstanding economic embargo against Cuba. The resolution, once again, passed by an overwhelming majority, with 187 nations voting in favor of it and only the US and Israel voting against it, CNN reports. The Marshall Islands, Palau, and Micronesia abstained.
Cuba's foreign minister slammed President Obama for maintaining the embargo despite promises of a "fresh start," the Miami Herald reports. "It is clear that the United States has no intention whatsoever to eliminate the blockade,'' he said. "The US policy against Cuba has no ethical or legal basis, no credibility or support.'' A US official said that trade ties with the Caribbean country have been expanded but improved relations will depend on Cuba giving its people more freedom.
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