The conference of the National Network of Solidarity with Cuba (NNOC) in the United States will end today in this city three days of debates with a statement on new actions in support of the island.
According to the program of the meeting, held at the University of Augsburg, its almost 60 participants plan to agree on next events related to the support offered to the Caribbean island.
The program included the closing speech by first secretary of the Cuban embassy in Washington, D.C., Miguel Fraga, who yesterday called on U.S. citizens to express solidarity with the Greater of the Antilles to invite fellow citizens to visit Cuba.
The diplomat regretted the existing lack of knowledge among U.S. people about Cuba and the image spread by the U.S. media.
When persons arrive at our country they realize that it is different from what they had been told, that is why trips are restricted, as if they were lifted, millions of persons from the United States would travel there.
In that way, Fraga referred to the limitations imposed by Washington, due to which citizens cannot travel to Cuba as tourists and only through 12 categories authorized by the Treasury Department.
He recalled that last year traveled to the Antillean nation over a million persons from the United States, among them over 400 thousand Cuban Americans ansd 600 thousand U.S. citizens, who should have traveled with any of the licenses issued by the mentioned federal agency.
Cuba is the only State against which Washington imposes that type of ban.
On another part, Sandra Ramirez, director of North America at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with Peoples, recognized the solidarity work with the island in the United States and highlighted the importance of events held this year, besides others planned for 2019.
In a video message screened at the meeting, the official said the Caribbean nation needs to keep counting with the help and support of the NNOC, for its struggle against the blockade and the presence of the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo.
Ramirez highlighted the work carried out in New York and New Jersey to organize the visit made in September by Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel to the church Riverside in the first of those states.
Yesterday also, youths linked to the Venceremos Brigade, fiorst international initiative of its kind to visit Cuba, said they have the target of taking 300 students to Cuba next year in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their initial trip.
We want to reaffirm our defiance to unjust and illegal policies of the U.S. government against Cuba, indicated Malcolm Sacks, from the city of New York.