Obama calls on Congress to lift Cuba embargo

2016-01-13 11:19
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, (Evan Vucci, AP)

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, (Evan Vucci, AP)

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Washington - Barack Obama on Tuesday again urged Congress to lift the US trade embargo against Cuba, as Washington and Havana pursue a historic rapprochement launched during his presidency.

"Fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, setting us back in Latin America," Obama was to say, according to the prepared text of his State of the Union address.

"That's why we restored diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce, and positioned ourselves to improve the lives of the Cuban people. You want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere? Recognise that the Cold War is over. Lift the embargo."

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