• Havana Pulls Ambassador to Libya

    by  • September 26, 2011 • News • 0 Comments

    Cuban Embassy in Tripoli

    On Saturday, Cuba announced that it has pulled its ambassador to Libya. Cuba has been a longtime ally of Libya and lipservice supporter of Ghadafi, so now that Moammar has been ousted with the help of NATO, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. As Public Opinion reports:

    Cuba has announced the withdrawal of its ambassador and diplomatic mission in Libya and reiterated that it does not recognize the rebels’ transitional government.

    It also has denounced the NATO military intervention that helped drive Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi into hiding, saying the bombing killed “thousands” of civilians. [...]

    Cuba is a longtime ally of Libya, and former leader Fidel Castro was outspoken in his criticism of the uprising against Gadhafi in the early days of the conflict. He has not commented publicly on Gadhafi’s fall.

    Yeah, now that NATO has gotten rid of Ghadafi, there’s not much left in the way of opportunity there for Cuba. Resource-poor Cuba needs Libyan oil more than the Libyan transitional government needs diplomatic ties a country that supported its former nemesis. And cash-strapped Havana probably can’t afford Tripoli’s crude, anyway.


    Kris Romaniuk is the author of the satirical travel memoir, Rum Socialism, and rummy behind this blog. He is an independent author based out of Montreal, Canada, and is currently working on his second book.


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