“We are willing to discuss any issue, what we are not willing to negotiate and what we will not give in on is the revolution, socialism and our sovereignty,” said Diaz-Canel.
HAVANA, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday said that he was ready to talk with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden “on any subject.”
“We are willing to discuss any issue, what we are not willing to negotiate and what we will not give in on is the revolution, socialism and our sovereignty,” Diaz-Canel said in a speech at the close of the annual session of parliament.
“Those principles will never be on the table,” he said.
File photo taken on May 18, 2019 shows former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaking during a campaign rally in Philadelphia, the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)
In October, Biden said that the United States needed a new Cuba policy, though it remained unclear how quickly Biden will move on implementing his policy on the island.
Biden has also said he would eliminate incumbent President Donald Trump’s restrictions on remittances and travel to Cuba.
On Nov. 9, soon after Biden’s victory in the presidential election, Diaz-Canel tweeted that “we recognize that the U.S. people have chosen a new direction in the presidential elections. We believe in the possibility of having a constructive bilateral relation while respecting our differences.”