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New lawsuit against Cuban companies under Helms-Burton

New lawsuit against Cuban companies under Helms-BurtonHAVANA, Cuba, May 21 (ACN) A new lawsuit was filed Monday in Miami, Florida, against several Cuban tourism companies under Title III of the controversial Helms-Burton Act, activated by the current U.S. government as part of its policy toward the island.

According to Prensa Latina, using information broadcast by CBS and the Miami Herald, members of the Mata family filed a claim in the federal court of the Southern District of Florida to request compensation for the use of the Meliá San Carlos hotel, located in the central Cuban province of Cienfuegos.
The legal action mentions the hotel groups Gran Caribe, Cubanacán and Gaviota, as well as the Cimex corporation, but for the moment does not include the Spanish Meliá hotel chain, which participates in the management of the tourist facility.
The media indicated that although the Spanish group still does not appear in the lawsuit, it received a notice on Monday informing it that if it did not pay compensation, it would be included in the class action lawsuit.
The Helms-Burton, approved by the U.S. Congress in 1996, codifies the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington almost 60 years ago against the Antillean nation.
The lawsuit filed on Monday is the first case filed by people who only became U.S. citizens after the nationalization of the property.
As Engage Cuba coalition president James Williams indicated in a recent web conference, the possibility given to Cuban-Americans who were not nationals of this country at the time to file claims 'is unprecedented in international or U.S. law.
This is the fourth lawsuit filed in U.S. courts since Title III was activated on May 2 as part of the Trump administration's growing hostility to the island.
Numerous voices inside and outside the United States have condemned this action to tighten the blockade, which is fundamentally aimed at depriving the Caribbean country of foreign investment.
Diaz-Canel meets with Vietnam Chancellor

HAVANA, Cuba, May 21 (ACN) The President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, met this Monday with comrade Pham Binh Minh, Vice Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, who is making an official visit to Cuba.

During the fraternal meeting, both leaders exchanged about the excellent state of bilateral relations and ratified the will to expand commercial, economic and cooperation ties. They also discussed issues of mutual interest on the international agenda.

In particular, the Cuban leader recalled his visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam last November.

The distinguished visitor was accompanied by the ambassador to our country, Nguyen Trung Thanh, and the director of the Department of Foreign Policy, Nguyen Minh Vu.

On the Cuban side were present the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, and the Director General of Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Emilio Lozada Garcia.

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