Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez declared that the North American country has no plans to “correct the unfair qualification of Cuba” since “it is convenient for its criminal policy of economic suffocation,” according to what he published on Twitter.
Rodríguez echoed the statements this Thursday by the US Secretary of StateAntony Blinken, in which he stated: “We are not planning” to remove the Island from the list.
During an appearance before the House Foreign Relations committee, Blinken promised “that if there was a review, it would be based on the law and the criteria that it establishes, which, as I said, have a very high bar. high”.
During an appearance before the House Foreign Relations committee, Blinken pledged “that if there was a review, it would be based on the law.”
The Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed that Blinken “confirms, in fact, that the qualifying lists of the State Department are nothing more than tools of political and economic coercion, totally divorced from such sensitive issues as terrorism, religion, human rights, drug trafficking, corruption and others”.
Cuba’s inclusion on the list in January 2021 was one of the last decisions the Trump government made before leaving power.
The United States then justified the measure, which entails various sanctions, alluding to the presence on the island of members of the Colombian ELN guerrilla, who traveled to Havana to start peace negotiations with the Colombian Executive.
The island had left the list in 2015, during the stage of rapprochement promoted by then US President Barack Obama and later stopped by Trump, who during his tenure redoubled sanctions against Cuba and paralyzed a large part of the “thaw” measures stimulated. by his predecessor.
The current Biden Administration has made some gestures towards the Island, such as eliminating the limit on remittances to Cuba, but it is still far from Obama’s approach.
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