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The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on the United States to lift its decades-long embargo on Cuba, with 189 member states voting in favour and two against, at a session in New York City on Thursday.

Ahead of the vote, Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla stated that "the blockade is a flagrant, massive, and systematic violation of the human rights of Cuban men and women."

US Ambassador Nikki Haley emphasised that the "reason for the embargo is and has always been Cuba's denial of freedom and the denial of the most basic human rights for the Cuban people."

For the past 27 years, the General Assembly has adopted a resolution condemning the blockade imposed on Cuba in 1962 at the height of the Cold War.

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