Havana, January 11 The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on the evening of the 11th, strongly attacking the United States for re-listing Cuba in the list of “pro-terrorism countries”, saying that the United States’ move was for political speculative purposes.
The statement said that the U.S. government’s inclusion of Cuba in the list of “terrorist countries” is “shameless and hypocritical” and its real motivation is to impose obstacles to the vision of improving Cuban-American relations.
Cuba is not a “terrorism support” country. Cuba opposes terrorism in any form. Cuba is a victim of terrorism.
The statement said that the unilateral list of “terrorism-supporting countries” issued by the United States is not legal, and the United States uses the list as a means of defamation to impose coercive economic measures on countries that do not succumb to the arbitrary behavior of the United States.
On the 11th, the U.S. government announced that it would be re-inscribed to the list of “terrorist countries”, including for Cuba’s asylum for terrorists and interference in Venezuela’s and regional affairs.
The decision, made as incumbent Trump is about to end his term and President-elect Biden is about to take office. It is believed to deliberately constrain the Biden administration from improving relations with the ancient country in the short term.
The United States added Cuba to the list of “terrorism countries” in 1982.
In 2015, with the ease of relations between the United States and Cuba, the then Obama administration removed Cuba from the list.
After the victory of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the U.S. government took a hostile attitude towards Cuba.
In 1961, the United States and Gua severed diplomatic relations. The following year, the United States imposed an economic and financial embargo and trade embargo on Cuba.
In July 2015, diplomatic relations between the two countries officially resumed, but the United States did not completely lift the embargo against Cuba. After Trump took office as President of the United States in 2017, the U.S. government tightened its policy towards Cuba.