US Senators reject inclusion of Cuba on unilateral list

The senators also asked the head of US diplomacy to commit to a formal review before placing any nation in that category. Latin Press

The denomination of Cuba as a country that according to the Washington authorities sponsor terrorism, unleashes a renewed rejection today, even among prominent figures in the North American Congress.

In this regard, United States Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith (Minnesota), Patrick Leahy (Vermont), Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley (Oregon), Chris Van Hollen (Maryland), Jack Reed (Rhode Island), Sherrod recently spoke. Brown (Ohio) and Martin Heinrich (New Mexico).

These members of the Upper House sent a letter to the Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, in which they expressed their concern that the process for the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism was carried out without formal consultation and review by congressional.

The senators also asked the head of US diplomacy to commit to conducting a formal review before placing any nation in that category.

"In the last days of the administration, efforts to politicize important decisions regarding our national security are unacceptable and threaten to damage future diplomatic efforts toward Cuba and set a damaging precedent for new appointments," the senators said in the letter.

Multiple voices from Cuba and the world joined in rejecting the inclusion of the Caribbean country as a sponsor of terrorism.

The president of the Caribbean nation, Miguel Díaz-Canel, described the decision as one of "the last blows of a failed and corrupt administration committed to the Cuban-Miami mafia."

In a message on his Twitter account, the president rejected the intentions of the "discredited administration" of Donald Trump to hinder a possible rapprochement between the two countries.

A statement published the day before by the Cuban Foreign Ministry confirms that it is "a superb act of a discredited, dishonest and morally bankrupt government."

According to political leaders and scholars on the subject, this unjustified sanction is intended to complicate any effort by the president-elect, Joe Biden, to resume the thaw initiated by Barack Obama (2009-2017) in ties with Havana.

Cuba was initially included in this unilateral list in 1982, under the administration of Ronald Reagan (1981-1989).

The State Department eliminated the island from this relationship in 2015, after Washington and Havana announced on December 17, 2014 the beginning of a process of normalization of bilateral relations. / Latin Press.