Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel sharply criticized the U.S.-led chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan after decades of occupation during a UN address, stressing that Washington has a history of foreign policy disasters behind it.
Afghanistan was just one example Díaz-Canel used during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday to attack U.S. foreign policy based on the “harmful use and abuse of measures of economic coercion.”
“Afghanistan is not an isolated case. It has been proven that where the United States intervenes, instability, deaths, suffering and lasting scars increase,” he said in a pre-recorded video.
“Occupation leaves only destruction in its wake, and no country has the right to impose its will on sovereign nations,” he said, adding, “The U.S. government threatens, blackmails and pressures sovereign states.”
Following U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops completely from Afghanistan, the government in the Afghan capital of Kabul quickly fell while the Taliban seized the entire country.
On September 7, the Taliban announced the formation of a transitional government. The Taliban initially ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 until the U.S. conquered the country and overthrew its government in 2001 under the pretext of fighting terrorism following the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.
Western countries and international financial organizations suspended aid to Afghanistan, depriving it of billions of dollars needed to finance vital food imports, because the Taliban were not recognized by the international community.
Elsewhere in his speech, Díaz-Canel rebuked U.S. President Joe Biden for upholding more than 200 measures taken by former U.S. President Donald Trump against Cuba and other nations.
The Cuban president also voiced support for regional allies Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, saying the South American nation will “always be able to count on Cuba’s solidarity.”
Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, in a post on social media Tuesday, criticized the United States for pursuing a divisive strategy in the world and said Washington lacks the moral authority to promote peace, human dignity and development.
The top Cuban diplomat further noted that the disguised application of Trump’s false and dangerous foreign policy holds the current administration responsible for the damage done to international peace and stability and its grave consequences.
Biden not only maintained Trump’s campaign for maximum pressure on Cuba, but also tightened sanctions. This, he said, is just the beginning. Several prominent members of the U.S. Congress, particularly Republicans, have also advocated direct intervention in Cuba, even proposing bombing raids.
Numerous United Nations General Assembly resolutions have shown that the U.S. blockade of Cuba violates international law.