UN General Assembly President Mahama calls on US to completely end Cuban blockade

Speaking at the UN General Assembly Thursday, President Mahama expressed hope that this will be achieved before the current US leader, President Barrack Obama, leaves office.

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President John Mahama has called on the United States of America to completely end its trade embargo on Cuba.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly Wednesday, President Mahama expressed hope that this will be achieved before the current US leader, President Barrack Obama, leaves office.

He also commended the two nations for warning up to each other while calling for steps to remove the last "vestiges" of the cold war.

"I wish to commend the United States and Cuba for the progress made in thawing relations between the two neighbours. We've all been watching with excitement the removal of the some of the last vestiges of the cold war with the re-opening of embassies in the two capitals," he said.

"The historic visit of president Obama and the resumption of flights between the two countries. It is time to take the remaining steps to completely lift the blockade on Cuba and it my hope that this will be achieved before president Obama's administration leaves office," he said to applause from world leaders.

The two countries severed diplomatic relations in 1961 and since the 1970s had been represented in each other’s capitals by limited service interests sections.

President Obama declared the embargo on Cuba a failure that has not achieved the intended target. In July 1, the two countries exchanged diplomatic notes, setting off a series of engagement between the former cold war rivals.

President Mahama also called for a two-state solution between Israeli and Palestinian conflict, warning that there is no military solution to the conflict.

He said Israel's security can on be guaranteed by a "peaceful and stable Palestinian state co-existing side by side."

He also derided the "illegal occupation of Palestinian lands by Israeli forces" continue to make result the conflict difficult.

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