Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The authorities of the Republic of Panama have informed of the detention, in the Panamanian port of Colón, of the merchant vessel Chong Chon Gang, inscribed in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, coming from the Republic of Cuba.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to inform that said vessel sailed from a Cuban port to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, mainly loaded with 10,000 Tons of sugar.

Statement by the Head of United States division at Cuban Chancery, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro

Cuba is recognized worldwide for its exemplary record in the protection of children, youths and women. Cuba is not a source, transit or destination country for human trafficking.

However, the Government of the United States, in a new action aimed to discredit and justify its policy against Cuba, which´s universally rejected, included our country, arbitrarily and ill-intentioned, in the worst of the categories of the State Department´s report on trafficking in persons.

What really harms the children, youths, women and the entire people of Cuba is the United States blockade.

Press release issued by the Cuban delegation that attended the talks on direct postal services with the United States. June 18 and 19, 2013.

On June 18 and 19, 2013, representatives from Cuba and the United States resumed talks on direct postal services between both countries.  The Cuban delegation was presided over by José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, and the U.S. delegation was headed by Lea Emerson, Executive Director for International Postal Affairs of the U.S. Postal Service.

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba condemns the recent attacks by Israeli air forces against the Syrian Arab Republic.

Once again, Israel acts in violation of the International law, with the consent of the Government of the United States.

With this new aggression against Syria, regional stability deteriorates further, while the dangers against international peace and security increase.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls the international community to act with urgency to prevent an escalation of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

New abusive measure against one of the Cuban Five

René González Sehwerert, Hero of the Republic of Cuba, has been the subject of new arbitrary measures by the Government of the United States that is toughening the conditions of his supervised release, making it seem even more as prison conditions, with the aim of continuing to punish him after so many years of unfair and cruel treatment.

Statement by Josefina Vidal, Director for United States affairs at Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs


“The United States can always count on with the disposition of the Cuban Government and people to work for the improvement of the bilateral relations. It´s regrettable that President Obama continues to be ill-advised and misinformed on Cuba reality and the sentiments of his own people who desires a normalization of our relations. Cuba is a country that changes and moves forward. The only thing that has not changed during 50 years is the United States policy”. 
Havana, February 1, 2013

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba

ON December 11, 2012, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) responsible for implementing the ironclad economic, commercial and financial blockade maintained against the Cuban people by the government of the United States, announced the imposition of a $375 million fine on HSBC Holdings (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation), based in London, for the alleged violation of U.S. unilateral sanctions on various countries, including Cuba.

Executive summary of Cuba’s response to the letter of allegation issued by the working group on arbitrary detentions with regard to the Alan Gross case

Contrary to the allegations made by the source of a denounce against the Cuban government, the detention of Mr. Alan Phillip Gross in Cuba has not violated any of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights or the Group of Principles for the Protection of Persons Under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment. Therefore, this in no way qualifies as an arbitrary detention.


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