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Cuba condemns the tightening of the financial U.S. blockade

Havana, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The only reason to keep Cuba on the unilateral states-sponsor-of-terorism (SSOT) list is to tighten the extreme measures of financial blockade imposed on the Cuban people, as declared on Friday by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

On X, Bruno Rodriguez stressed that the U.S. Secretary of State (SOS), Antony Blinken, admitted at the U.S. Congress that Cuba does not protect terrorists, clearing out the last pretext for the unjust inclussion of Cuba in the SSOT list.

Past May 15, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that Cuba is not included in its 2023 report on countries that “do not fully cooperate” in the fight against terrorism.

A document sent to Congress stated that “the SOS determined and certified under Section 40A of the Arms Export Control Act that four countries – North Korea, Iran, Syria and Venezuela – were not fully cooperating with U.S. anti-terrorism efforts in calendar year 2023”.

The text added that the circumstances for the certification of Cuba as a country not cooperating with anti-terrorism efforts changed between 2022 and 2023 and therefore, the DOS does not designate Cuba as such.

However, the DOS itself argued that its report is not enough to remove Cuba from the SSOT list, because this designation is subject to “the law and the criteria established by Congress”.

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