Thursday, November 06, 2008
Evo, Lula, Blockade
Evo, Lula, Call Obama
to Lift Blockade on Cuba
La Paz, Nov 5 (Prensa Latina) Bolivia's President Evo Morales and Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva exhorted on Wednesday US President-elect Barack Obama to eliminate the blockade against Cuba.
"I hope Obama could lift the Washington-imposed economic, trade and financial blockade, as well as withdraw US troops from some countries," Morales stated.
Lula and Peruvian opposition leader Ollanta Humala highlighted that the policy of siege on Cuba "has no human explanation."
A release from the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry termed historic the November 4 election results, and congratulated Obama for his victory.
Mexico's Head of State Felipe Calderon, Uruguay's Tabare Vazquez, and Chile's Michelle Bachelet, as well as Argentina's Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana, and Brazil's Celso Amorim also highlighted the Illinois senator's victory.
Several European leaders welcomed Obama's triumph with pleasure and advocated for strengthening relations between the United States and Europe.
The President of the Spanish Government, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, his Ireland peer Brian Cowen, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, congratulated the first US Afro-American president.
The governments of Vietnam, India and China, as well as Chinese leader Hu Jintao, Arab League General Secretary Amr Moussa, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, Sultan of Oman Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said, and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamed Ben Khalifa al-Thani also sent congratulations to the next US president.
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