The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has issued a strong statement denouncing the outgoing Trump administration which has declared Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism, subjecting the Caribbean nation to sanctions.
In a statement yesterday, CARICOM said the decision is misguided:
‘The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) denounces the unilateral declaration by the outgoing United States administration to designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.’
‘Cuba’s international conduct does not in any way warrant that designation. This further attack on the country adversely affects its international standing and its social, human and economic development and is another misguided action in addition to the unproductive, unnecessary and illegal financial and economic embargo already imposed on this Caribbean nation by the United States.’
CARICOM has called for an ‘immediate review and reversal of these unjustified actions taken in regard to Cuba and looks forward to the United States moving towards normalising relations with Cuba’.
In a statement on January 11, the outgoing Trump administration declared Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism for ‘repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists.’
The designation will subject Cuba to ‘sanctions that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with Cuba, restricts US foreign assistance, bans defense exports and sales, and imposes certain controls on exports of dual-use items’.
Associated Press stated that outgoing US president Donald Trump was impeached for a second time yesterday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in Washington, DC.
Trump was first impeached by the House in 2019 over his dealings with Ukraine, but the Senate voted in 2020 to acquit. This is the first time in US history that a president has been impeached twice.