Cuba claims US as biased for keeping them on terrorist blacklist!

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Cuba claims US as biased for keeping them on terrorist blacklist! Here is all you need to know about.

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Cuba deputy Foreign Minister denounce US Biden administration. He says they are behaving ill-advisedly, unlawfully, and harshly by keeping them on the state terrorism lists. Furthermore he added, Cuba had been a victim of state sponsored terrorism from last 60yrs.

What Carlos Fernandez says?

In an interview with The Associated Press, Carlos Fernandez de Cossio claimed that keeping Cuba on the State Department’s list of sanctioned nations alongside North Korea, Iran, and Syria is “an easy way to punish Cuba with the overall aim of trying to make Cuba what it is not — to make Cuba a failed state.”

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He remarked that, regrettably, “the United States pays no consequence for doing something that is unlawful, unsustainable, and unethical.” While dealing with US government officials they find no reason why Cuba should be in the list. What their only answer is that it is politically tough for them.”

Trump updated Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Days before Joe Biden took office, the previous administration of President Donald Trump reclassified Cuba as a “state supporter of terrorism,” imposing fresh penalties. Mr. Biden pledged to restore ties with the communist-run island during his campaign, but he has taken no action.

Mr. Fernandez claimed that the National Liberation Army, also known as the ELN, was Colombia’s final guerrilla organization, and that its presence in Cuba served as the “pretext” given by then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

He claimed that although Colombia had asked for the group to hold peace negotiations in Havana, Cuba had not extended an invitation.

Cuba’s economy is in crisis.

Delisting being a “politically tough” decision, according to U.S. officials, is “an immoral argument,” according to Mr. Fernandez, because it will do the Cuban economy further harm on top of that already caused by the blockade.

He explained that over 30 financial and banking firms cut ties with Cuba. This was a result of the country’s inclusion. What does this mean? Doing business or investing financially with a country on the list could result in sanctions from the United States.

According to Mr. Fernandez, who said that the nation has been without finance or development credit for the previous six years. He added Cuba must pay a premium of 15%–30% because of the risk that the few sellers are willing to accept after trying to cut off its access to petroleum.

According to him, the country is still experiencing negative effects from COVID-19 and tourism. He said it is particularly from Canada and the European Union, which is a significant source of income. Cuba thinks its economy to expand by 2.5% this year, the minister said.

The country has not crumbled, he claimed, despite the fact that there are significant issues with fuel, energy, and power. We believe we can survive it, he continued.

The punishment of many generations of Cubans, or the entire population, for more than 60 years with the intention of turning the nation into a failed state, according to Mr. Fernandez, cannot be morally sustained or justified.

Biden is not alone!

Cuba on US terrorist list
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The Cuban minister claimed that the administration was at a loss to explain why Vice President Biden did not match President Obama’s outreach to Cuba.

He continued, “The straightforward response they provide is that Biden is not alone. “That is an excuse for a way out, in my opinion.”

In April, Mr. Fernandez headed the Cuban team to discussions on migration in Washington. He said it was centered on restoring the 1994 agreement. The agreement reads that the United States would grant 20,000 visas to Cubans annually.

He said progress is there which may accomplish this year.

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