Cuban Leader: US Relations in Decline Under Trump

Relations between Cuba and the United States are in decline under US President Donald Trump, his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel said in an interview.

“Relations today are in decline. We still maintain channels of dialogue and our position is that we do not reject the possibility of dialogue at any time, but it must be between equals,” Diaz-Canel said in the interview with the Telesur network broadcast Sunday, his first since taking office earlier this year, AFP reported.

Since Trump’s election as US president, ties with Cuba have deteriorated after a historic rapprochement overseen by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Diaz-Canel took aim at the US economic blockade of Cuba, terming it “the main obstacle to the development of the country.”

He also said Cuba was not behind mysterious “health attacks” that have plagued US diplomats in the country, saying, “We have not attacked anyone.”

The apparent victims of what Washington has called sonic “attacks” have suffered symptoms consistent with mild brain trauma, including, in some cases, disorientation and hearing loss.

The silver-haired Diaz-Canel assumed power in April from Castro, who himself took over from his elder brother Fidel, father of the 1959 revolution.

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