Statement on U.S. Vote Against U.N. Resolution Condemning the Cuban Embargo

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, James Williams, President of Engage Cuba, released the following statement on the U.S. vote against the United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for an end to the Cuban embargo. The United States and Israel were the only two countries to vote against the resolution, which passed the General Assembly 191-2 for the 26th time. Last year, the United States abstained from voting on the resolution for the first time in 25 years.

"Ambassador Haley's comments highlight the Trump administration's misguided approach toward Cuba. If the administration spoke to real Cubans, they would know that fears for the future are rooted in what a rollback of engagement means for their businesses, communities and families," said President of Engage Cuba, James Williams. “The Trump administration seems determined to stand alone in the world, supporting an archaic policy has failed for the last 55 years. And the biggest losers are the people of Cuba."

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and a group of 10 Senators sent a letter to President Trump, urging him to direct the United States to abstain from voting on this resolution.