US to press Cuba on human rights
AFP May 10, 2017
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's administration will press
Cuba on human rights progress, a top US official said Tuesday.
The White House is carrying out a "comprehensive policy review," said
Francisco Palmieri, a senior regional official in the State Department.
"I suspect that there will be important differences that will emerge
between how this administration plans to address the situation in Cuba"
and the policies of former president Barack Obama, he said.
Obama, a Democrat, presided over a US opening toward the Americas' only
one-party communist-ruled country, and full diplomatic ties were
restored after decades.
While Republican Trump has not offered many details on his policy toward
Havana, Palmieri said the United States now wants significant strides on
For decades the United States has called for change in Cuba's political
and economic system; Cuba however rejects any need for a multiparty
system it says would only be corrupt.
"One of the areas that is going to be a high priority is ensuring that
Cuba makes more substantive progress towards a greater respect for human
rights inside the country," Palmieri said.
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