The administration of Donald Trump tried Monday, January 11 to make more complicated a possible rapprochement between the future American government of Joe Biden and Cuba by placing the island again on the blacklist of “States supporting terrorism”.
The US government accuses Cuba of“to have repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism by providing refuge to terrorists”, announced the head of US diplomacy Mike Pompeo nine days before the end of the term of the Republican executive and the entry into office of the President-elect Democrat.
“With this measure, we will again hold the Cuban government accountable and send a clear message: the Castro regime must end its support for international terrorism and the subversion of American justice.”, he added in a statement, referring to the former Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez immediately denounced the “political opportunism” of the Trump administration, “recognized by all who honestly care about the scourge of terrorism and its victims”. Cuba joins Iran, North Korea and Syria on this blacklist. Sudan has just been withdrawn by Donald Trump.
Havana, for its part, left the list in 2015, during the spectacular rapprochement operated by former Democratic President Barack Obama, of which Joe Biden was the vice-president. In the same year, the two enemy countries re-established diplomatic relations in an attempt to turn the page on the Cold War. During a historic 2016 visit to Cuba, Barack Obama even became the first sitting US president to set foot on Cuban soil since the Castro revolution of 1959.