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China urges the United States to end Cuba embargo

Updated: Oct 28,2015 8:49 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China has backed the United Nations General Assembly in calling for the United States to further thaw its relations with Cuba by completely ending its embargo against the country.

The assembly on Oct 27 voted to adopt a resolution urging an end to the economic, commercial and financial sanctions, after the US and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in July.

Altogether, 191 UN member states voted in favor of the resolution, while only the US and Israel opposed it.

“(Removal of the sanctions) meets the common interests of the two countries and peoples, the expectation of the international community, and also helps regional stability and development,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang at a regular press conference on Oct 28.

“We have noticed that under strong appeal from the international community, the US has gradually changed its position in a more positive direction,” Lu said.

“China hopes the US and Cuba will maintain dialogue and consultation and consolidate the momentum of improving relations.”

The US has started to partially lift bans on tourist visits to Cuba as well as in commerce and telecommunication.