Por Karina Marrón González

Havana, Mar 19 (Prensa Latina) Five years ago, the visit of a president of the United States for the first time in more than eight decades seemed to indicate that the two countries were finally finding a way to coexistence.

US President Barack Obama (2009-2017) arrived in Cuba on March 20, 2016, and until his departure on March 22, he completed a program that reinforced the two countries’ goodwill towards the restoration of relations.

A spirit that was revealed in Obama’s words before representatives of Cuba’s civil society, when, without leaving aside the existing differences, he recalled the all the progress made in matter of bilateral interest, since the resumption of relations on December 17, 2014.

By that time, the embassies were already open and cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding had been signed in the fields of health, environment, agriculture, education, regular flights and mail transportation.

Other relevant areas were later added to the list, such as navigational safety, fighting illegal drug trafficking and migration, until completing 22 in early 2017.

Much more could have been done between two countries with so many common ties in history, culture, science and even in sports, as Obama stated then, but the administration that succeeded it opted aggression instead of building bridges.

Donald Trump (2017-January 20, 2021) and his cabinet chose to tighten the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba and implemented more than 240 unilateral coercive measures.

Returning to the path to coexistence is also the wish by 80 congress people who sent a letter to US President Joe Biden, and this is the claim by hundreds of Cuban emigrants, as they recently expressed during a caravan of important cities in the United States.

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