Cuba’s leaders do not want to normalise ties with the US because then they would lose their excuse for the state of the country, says Hillary Clinton.
Cuba’s response to recent US efforts to improve relations had revealed “an intransigent, entrenched regime” in Havana, said the US secretary of state.
The Cuban authorities have long blamed a 48-year US trade embargo for holding back the country’s development.
The US says the embargo will remain until Cuba improves human rights.
“It is my personal belief that the Castros do not want to see an end to the embargo and do not want to see normalisation with the United States, because they would lose all of their excuses for what hasn’t happened in Cuba in the last 50 years,” she said in a speech at Kentucky’s University of Louisville.
“I find that very sad, because there should be an opportunity for a transition to a full democracy in Cuba and it’s going to happen at some point, but it may not happen any time soon.”
Was about time she said it.