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Tourists in a vintage car pass by the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Brazil voted for the first time with the United States on Thursday against an annual United Nations resolution condemning and calling for an end to Washington’s economic embargo on communist-run Cuba, while Colombia and Ukraine abstained.

The 193-member General Assembly still overwhelmingly adopted the resolution for the 28th year with 187 votes in favor. Israel also voted no and Moldova didn’t vote. The U.N. vote can carry political weight, but only the U.S. Congress can lift the more than 50-year-old embargo.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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