Castro to Trump: Cuba doesn't need 'lessons' from the US

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"The announcements made by the current president. mean a setback in bilateral relations", Castro said Friday in remarks broadcast on state television at the closing of the first session of Cuba's parliament.

Cuba's president said Donald Trump's hardline stance towards the country was a "setback" in relations with the United States after ties were gradually restored in 2015.

But both countries will keep their embassies open and Trump will not reimplement the "wet foot, dry foot" policy that gave asylum to Cuban nationals who arrived on USA soil, a policy that Obama ended.

State-run Cuban media quoted Mr Castro as saying that Mr Trump was using "old and hostile rhetoric" and had returned to "confrontation that roundly failed over 55 years".

President Raul Castro said "attempts to destroy the revolution" would fail. The White House noted that the United States retained the embargo imposed on Cuba and opposed the appeals of the United Nations and other global organizations to abolish it.

He fulfilled his promise in June by signing a set of measures in Miami that limit American business opportunities and travels on the island.

The Cuban leader said that he was open to warmer relations with the USA, but said that neither side "should have to make concessions inherent to one's sovereignty and independence".

Trump proclaimed during his presidential campaign that if he were elected he would roll back ties with Cuba due to human rights concerns and seek "a better deal with its government".

According to the Cuban leader, Trump's policy does not reflect the support of Cuban-US rapprochement among the US nation and the Cuban emigrants in the country, while only satisfying the interests of a small Anti-Castro community in Florida.

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