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Havana. December 14, 2014

Alba Summit in Cuba condemns U.S. sanctions of Venezuela

Cuban President Raúl closed the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Agreement Summit, today December 14, the tenth anniversary of the founding of the alliance initiated by Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro. The bloc also strongly condemned sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Venezuela.

The 11 Alba-TCP leaders agreed to "energetically condemn U.S. Congressional approval of sanctions on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," in a declaration read by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

The bloc also expressed support for efforts being made by the Maduro government "to preserve the vast legacy of Comandante Hugo Chávez," to maintain peace and confront efforts to destabilize the country.

Alba "once again demanded that the United States government change its policies toward the sister Republic of Cuba," including an immediate end to the economic blockade imposed on the country for more than 50 years," and the removal of Cuba from "the spurious and arbitrary list of state sponsors of international terrorism."

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez read to the plenary a message from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who congratulated Alba, and expressed his interest in "continuing to extend" ties with Latin America.


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