US owes millions of dollars to Cuba: Fidel Castro

Havana, Aug 14 (IANS) Cuban leader Fidel Castro has reminded the US that it owes damages to Cuba totalling “millions of dollars”, and pledged that his country will never stop fighting for peace and the well-being of all humanity.

In a message published on Thursday, his 89th birthday, the former Cuban president said the US owes a huge debt to Cuba, including damages reaching millions of dollars due to the trade embargo, which his country has made clear with irrefutable proof and arguments during appeals to the United Nations, reported Xinhua.

In an article titled “Reality and Dreams”, Castro said US social justice must be consolidated so that all people may have access to education, health, nutrition, culture, security, and the right to worship regardless of the colour of their skin or country of origin.

The veteran revolutionary also denounced wars and recalled the millions of casualties that the erstwhile Soviet Union and China suffered during World War II, as well as immense material losses.

However, he reserved his full ire for the US by stating that, during the World War II, the US kept secure its territory and industries, and the richest and most well-armed country on Earth, while other countries counted their dead.

His article was published on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit on Friday.

Kerry will preside over the ceremonial inauguration of the US embassy in Havana. The visit will mark the first time in 60 years a US secretary of state visits Cuba, the socialist island, which restored diplomatic ties with Washington on July 20 after half a century of animosity.

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