Presidential Candidate Slams Opening of US Embassy in Cuba; CARICOM Gives Move Thumbs Up

Retired Marines, from left, Gunnery Sgt. Francis 'Mike' East, Gunnery Sgt. James Tracy, and Cpl. Larry Morris, wait to present the U.S. flag to Marines currently stationed in Cuba, during the raising of the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. East, Tracy and Morris where part of the Marines that had originally lowered the American flag in 1961 and promised to return the flag. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
Retired Marines, from left, Gunnery Sgt. Francis ‘Mike’ East, Gunnery Sgt. James Tracy, and Cpl. Larry Morris, wait to present the U.S. flag to Marines currently stationed in Cuba, during the raising of the U.S. flag over the newly reopened embassy in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

 
NEW YORK (Caribbean360.com) – The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has congratulated Cuba and the United States on further normalizing of relations, following the opening of the US embassy in Havana.

But Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio has slammed the Barack Obama administration for bringing “legitimacy to a state sponsor of terror”.

As the US raised its flag over an embassy Cuba for the first time in 54 years, CARICOM said it would continue to encourage both sides, with which it has close relations, to complete the normalisation process in the interest of regional and hemispheric harmony.

The regional grouping said it particularly looked forward to the removal of “the outdated and unjust trade and economic embargo against Cuba”.

 

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