Cuban foreign minister says improved relations with US are irreversible

Cuba’s foreign minister on Tuesday told The Associated Press in an interview that he believes that improvements in relations made with the United States are irreversible despite the Trump administration's new sanctions.

Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said despite the U.S. cutting off communication with most of Cuba, the progress made under former President Barack Obama has not be undone.

Rodríguez added that there’s a “historical trend that’s irreversible.”

The Obama administration restored formal relations with Cuba's communist government in December 2014, weakening the decades-old Cuban embargo.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has imposed several new travel restrictions.

It also released a rule allowing U.S. citizens to sue foreign businesses using property seized during the 1959 Cuban revolution.

Efforts have also been made to restrict the flow of oil to the island, but Rodríguez said the country has been finding new ways to buy the key resource.

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Fidel Castro's Legacy in Cuba's Foreign Policy Stressed

The prestigious legacy of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, in the foreign policy of the island was highlighted in Havana to mark the 93rd anniversary of his birth.

On the regular Mesa Redonda (roundtable) TV program on Monday, two Cuban diplomats highlighted Fidel's role in the construction of the Caribbean nation's revolutionary diplomacy.

One of the first Cuban ambassadors posted abroad following the triumph of the Revolution, Jorge Bolaños, highlighted the diplomatic position of the island, linked to truth and solidarity.

For his part, Ambassador Alejandro Gonzalez also recalled his beginnings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), where he discussed several issues related to the country's foreign policy with the Commander-in-Chief.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel stated a few months ago that the continuity of Cuba's foreign policy is guaranteed and called to defend Fidel Castro's legacy in diplomatic matters.

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Turkish Police Arrest 6 Linked to Russian Ambassador's Killer

Parents, relatives and roommate of the gunman have been arrested as officials claim there are signs of the assassin's links to Fethullah Gulen.

Following Monday’s gripping, gruesome assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov by 22-year old riot police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas in the capital city of Ankara, Turkish authorities detained six people Tuesday linked to the gunman.

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Turkish police arrested the shooters parents, sister, two other relatives and a roommate.

As politicians, policymakers and pundits try to make sense of the event, a senior Turkish security official told Reuters that he alleges the shooter has ties to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Gulen as a terrorist, blaming him for July’s failed coup in the country.

Gulen, however, has denied involvement in the assassination.

"I condemn in the strongest terms this heinous act of terror," he said in a statement, as reported by The Middle East Eye. "No terrorist act can be justified, regardless of its perpetrators and their stated purposes."

RELATED: U.S. Closes Turkey Embassies After Shotgun-Wielding Man Attacks​

Both countries said that in the wake of the attack bilateral ties will not be damaged. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attack was aimed at derailing Russia's attempts to find, with Iran and Turkey, a solution for the Syria crisis.

The Russian, Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers will meet in Moscow Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Syria.

The United States has also closed its embassies in Ankara, Istanbul and Adana following the arrest on Monday of a man who stood in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and unloaded eight shotgun blasts into the air. No injuries or casualties have been reported.


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