Cuba’s Foreign Minister’s Comments on U.S. Embargo and Pope’s Upcoming Visit to Cuba  

At a September 16 press conference, Cuba’s Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, commented on the U.S. embargo of Cuba and the upcoming visit to the island of Pope Francis.[1]

Bruno Rodriguez
Bruno Rodriguez

U.S. Embargo of Cuba

The Foreign Minister announced that Cuba’s resolution against the embargo would be offered at the U.N. General Assembly on October 27. It will have the same text as the resolutions adopted by the Assembly for the last 20 years with new paragraphs discussing the restoration of diplomatic relations between Cuba and U.S. President Obama’s asking Congress to end the embargo, but the embargo’s remaining in effect.

Rodriguez asserted that the economic damage caused to the Cuban people by the embargo or blockade against Cuba, now totaled $755,833,000. In addition, there has been alleged damages to different sectors of the Cuban economy of $192,121,000 for a total of $947,954,000.[2]

Pope’s Visit to Cuba

The Foreign Minister also said that the Cuban people will welcome the Pope with respect, appreciation and hospitality. “The Pope’s visit with the massive participation of believers and unbelievers will be a momentous event for our people, our culture and the Cuban nation.” This visit will be covered in real time and with social networks in order to reach directly and quickly the most people possible.

Rodriguez expressed the Cuban government’s appreciation and gratitude to Pope Francisco for his support in the mediated process between the governments of the U.S. and Cuba.


[1] Francisco, Bruno Rodriguez: blockade of Cuba is an absurd, illegal and morally unsustainable policy (+ photos, video and graphics), CubaDebate (Sept. 16, 2015).


[2] As discussed in a prior post, on October 28, 2014, the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution condemning the embargo (blockade), 188 to 2. At that time Foreign Minister Rodriguez alleged the damages were $1.1 trillion. Whether and how that number can be reconciled with the new number of nearly $948 million is not explained.

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As a retired lawyer and adjunct law professor, Duane W. Krohnke has developed strong interests in U.S. and international law, politics and history. He also is a Christian and an active member of Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church. His blog draws from these and other interests. He delights in the writing freedom of blogging that does not follow a preordained logical structure. The ex post facto logical organization of the posts and comments is set forth in the continually being revised “List of Posts and Comments–Topical” in the Pages section on the right side of the blog.

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  1. Comment: Cuban Foreign Minister’s Full Remarks on Cuba’s Alleged Damages from U.S. Embargo

    Granma has now published the full text of Foreign Minister Rodriguez’s September 16 press conference, and here is what he said about the alleged damages:

    “Until April 2015, by conservative and based on a very rigorous methodology, which has been knowledge even of supervisory bodies the United States itself, and recognized as rigorous and precise calculations; I can say that the cumulative damage of the blockade in these five decades amount as the value of gold in the international market and therefore fluctuates figure related to the fluctuations of gold, which in the last period has lost value; amounts to 833 755 million. That is, it continues to move in the neighborhood of a trillion dollars, one billion dollars.”
    “At current prices the blockade, over the decades, has caused damage of 121 to 192 million dollars.”

    I am still confused about the amount of this claim.
    Rodriguez, Full text of the press conference given by the Cuban Foreign Minister, Granma (Sept. 16, 2015),

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