In a near unanimous vote, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly yesterday adopted the resolution renewing its call for an end to the economic, commercial and financial
blockade imposed by the US against Cuba, while also acknowledging the restoration, after nearly 50 years, of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Israel and the US were the only two countries to vote against the resolution, which got the support of the remaining 191 UNGA members.
The Assembly welcomed the resumption of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba, announced last July, and the willingness of US President Barack Obama to work towards
the lifting of the economic, financial and trade embargo against Cuba.
India's Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji said the General Assembly has considered the issue of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the US against Cuba annually for more than two decades now.
"On each of these occasions, it has consistently rejected the imposition of laws and regulations with extra-territorial impact and all other forms of coercive economic measures that hurt the progress and prosperity of the people the world over," he said in his remarks to the Assembly.

Welcoming the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US, Mukerji said India hopes that the positive development between the two nations would lead to an early withdrawal of the embargo.



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