Venezuela hails Cuba’s “great victory” in UN anti-embargo vote

Venezuela hails Cuba’s “great victory” in UN anti-embargo vote

CARACAS, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday celebrated Cuba’s “great victory” at the United Nations, where the international community voted once again to condemn the U.S. trade embargo against the Caribbean nation.

“A great victory for Cuba at the UN, 191 governments and peoples of the world said #NoMasBolqueo (NoMoreBlockade),” Maduro posted on Twitter.

Cuba and its allies argue the embargo is actually a blockade because it blocks not just U.S. companies from doing business with Cuba, but also penalizes international entities.

Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza also hailed the outcome of the vote, saying the world “roundly (rejected) the criminal, illegal and anachronistic U.S. blockade against the Cuban people.”

Arreaza added, “unilateral blockades and sanctions are illegal according to international law. Multilateralism must stop these inhuman methods.”

Earlier, the UN General Assembly currently convened in New York city near unanimously approved a resolution that calls for an end to the five-decade embargo. Only the U.S. and its stalwart ally Israel voted against the measure.

The vote marks the 26th time the U.S. embargo has been condemned at the UNGA.