Diaz-Canel underscores global rejection of US policy on Cuba

Diaz-Canel underscores global rejection of US policy on Cuba

Havana, Jan. 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday underscored the international community’s rejection of Cuba’s inclusion in the unilateral list (drawn by the US) of ‘States that sponsor terrorism’.

‘World activits strongly rejected the US base measure on Cuba and also condemned the failed and cruel imperial policy,’ the Cuban president tweeted.

Previously, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez thanked international activists, politicians, institutions and personalities, who deeply condemned the US Department of State’s step, for their support.

In fact, messages from the Governments of Venezuela, China and Syria, as well as from communist parties, solidarity groups, European lawmakers, regional blocs, among others, described this action as an attempt at putting new economic and diplomatic restrictions on Cuba.

Diaz-Canel warned on Wednesday that this inclusion is part of ‘the death throes of a failed and corrupt administration committed to the Miami-Cuban mafia.’

‘The discredited Trump administration does everything possible to hinder and prevent an improvemed relation under (Joe) Biden,’ he Tweeted.

Despite the international rejection of this unilateral decision, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Cuba’s inclusion in the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Cuba was excluded from that list in 2015, during the rapprochement process with the United States during Barack Obama’s second term (2009-2017).

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Cuba’s Foreign Minister denounces US terrorism against his nation

Cuba's Foreign Minister denounces US terrorism against his nation

Havana, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez reiterated on Thursday that his nation is a victim of terrorism arranged, financed and perpetrated by the US government.

On his Twitter account, the FM also noted that those acts of terror against the country are planned ‘by individuals and organizations that reside or operate from the US with the tolerance of its authorities.’

In that way, the Minister of Foreign Affairs once again rejected Cuba’s inclusion in the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, prepared by the United States.

‘We do not recognize unilateral lists created to defame and justify coercive measures,’ he added.

The decision of the US State Department generated a broad international rejection shown by demonstrations of solidarity with Cuba from regional blocs, European legislators, US senators, governments, activists, communist parties and political scientists, among other personalities and institutions in different parts of the world.

Specialists agree that the unilateral action of the Trump administration seeks to impose new diplomatic and economic restrictions on Cuba and hinder an advance of bilateral relations with the next mandate of Joe Biden.

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US Carnival Company ready to restart cruises to Cuba

US Carnival Company ready to restart cruises to Cuba

Washington, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) The Carnival Corporation announced to be prepared to readjust its cruises to Cuba, following the new rules that may arise with the change of the US government.

As reporting on the company’s results at the end of the year and the fourth quarter of 2020, its CEO Arnold Donald ratified that Cuba was a main destination after the known thaw, that is, openness that took place during the administration of President Barack Obama (2009-2017).

We will see what happens with the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, who will take office on January 20, obviously, we will be well prepared to operate in ‘whatever the guidelines, rules and regulations are,’ Donald said.

In 2015, as a result of licensing by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control under the Obama administration, cruisers were allowed to operate in Cuba after a cessation of such destination for over 50 years.

The Adonia ship, operated by a Carnival brand, was the first to sail from the Port of Miami to Havana in 2016.

We will be prepared to, once again, help people who really want to go to Cuba, see it in the best way we feel, which is to arrive at the cruiser and then experience what that country has to offer, Donald explained.

In June 2019, President Donald Trump’s administration issued new restrictions on Cuba, rescinding his predecessor’s White House measure and banning cruisers travel to Cuba as part of a long list of measures to tighten the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against the country.

Biden, who served as vice president during Obama’s term, hinted during his campaign that he would reverse Trump’s Cuba policy, calling it a failure and that it ‘inflicted damage on Cubans and their families.’

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US bishops condemn Cuba’s inclusion in unilateral list

US bishops condemn Cuba's inclusion in unilateral list

Washington, Jan 14 (Prensa Latina) David J. Malloy, president of the International Justice and Peace Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), condemned the re-inclusion of Cuba in the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, according to Washington.

For decades, along with the Holy See and the majority of the international community, the Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged collaboration and mutually beneficial relations between the United States and Cuba, the text issued on January 12 stands out.

‘We also advocate the total lifting of the economic embargo (blockade) against Cuba,’ the document refers.

As president of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the USCCB, I would like to express my deep disagreement with the decision of the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to add Cuba to the list of States sponsoring terrorism, Malloy points out.

‘As our committee has said many times, we need more, not less, US-Cuba links to build mutually beneficial trade, cultural and scientific ties that will produce lasting prosperity for both our nations,’ adds the document signed by Malloy.

‘I pray that we never get tired of working to achieve those goals and that both sides recognize the need for friendship and collaboration,’ the religious leader concludes.

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Mexico To Ensure Vaccination of Its Migrants in the US

Health personnel show a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, today at the Health Hospital in the city of Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos (Mexico).
Health personnel show a dose of COVID-19 vaccine, today at the Health Hospital in the city of Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos (Mexico). | Photo: EFE/ Tony Rivera

The minister noticed that although receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is not a right itself according to the agreement, it is a right that the workers are not exposed to contagion. “Hence, by applying the vaccine, it is a responsibility of both countries that all workers, regardless of their migratory status, receive the vaccine,” the official explained.

Jan 13 (teleSUR) On Wednesday, Mexican authorities announced that they would secure the vaccination for migrants in the U.S. through the North American trade pact. This as the country carries out a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

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“We will invoke the labor chapter of the USMCA free trade agreement,” assured Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard during a press conference. The official quoted the articles 23.3 and 23.8 from the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which established workers’ rights.

“The foreign minister @m_ebrard announced that Mexico would invoke before the U.S. the labor chapter of #TMEC so that all Mexican workers in that country receive the #COVID19 vaccine, regardless of their immigration status. We will protect our countrymen and women.”

The minister noticed that although receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is not a right itself according to the agreement; it is a right that the workers are not exposed to contagion. “Hence, by applying the vaccine, it is a responsibility of both countries that all workers, regardless of their migratory status, receive the vaccine,” the official explained.

“We consider that any discrimination against Mexican workers violates the Free Trade Agreement, the labor rights as well as the understanding between both countries. We will be following the situation because it is an obligation of the U.S. government signed in a current international agreement.”

Likewise, Ebrard recalled that U.S. workers in Mexico also enjoyed this right and called for solidarity with their Mexican counterparts and the contribution of president-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

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Venezuelan socialists reject new US aggression against Cuba

Caracas, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) rejected on Wednesday the decision of the US government to include Cuba in the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the party organization called that action ‘a new farce undertaken by US imperialism that seeks to point the finger at the sister Republic of Cuba.

‘This action once again shows the double standards of the various US administrations, regardless of who lives in the White House, from where the most atrocious initiatives are encouraged and funded, aimed at trying to impose, through terror, its hegemony on the planet,’ the document refers.

It also denounces the political persecution by Washington of leaders who oppose its imperial designs, as well as the US siege by means of the economic, financial and commercial blockade of the peoples of the world.

In contrast, the text notes that Cuba is today a living example of internationalism, cooperation and solidarity in all its forms, even in the midst of the most complex circumstances imposed by the terrible Covid-19 pandemic.

It highlights the unrelenting struggle for peace and independence that Cuba is carrying out in all international scenarios.

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Jamaica’s political alliance rejects US policy towards Cuba

Kingston, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) The Left Alliance for National Democracy and Socialism of Jamaica joined on Wednesday the international rejection of Cuba’s inclusion in the US list of countries sponsoring terrorism.

On its Twitter account, that political organization stated that ‘the failed Trump administration has not suffered enough embarrassment, so it continues to talk nonsense, even as it implodes in its final days,’ in response to a posting by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Likewise, the organization ratified its solidarity with Cuba, and asked ‘which ones of those look like terrorists to you?’ in reference to a photo montage showing Cuban medical brigades on one side and US President Donald Trump’s gun-toting supporters on the other.

Pompeo announced on Monday in a statement the decision to include Cuba in the list of nations that sponsor terror.

Cuba had been excluded from that group in 2015, during the process of rapprochement with Washington in Barack Obama’s second term (2009-2017).

After Pompeo’s announcement, members of the US Senate, activists of the ‘Alianza Martiana’ in that nation, European legislators, presidents, regional integration blocs, political scientists, parties from different countries, among other personalities and institutions, expressed their condemnation of that inclusion.

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Ramonet deems as absolute cynicism US new aggression against Cuba

Paris, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) French-Spanish professor and journalist Ignacio Ramonet on Wednesday deemed the US unilateral decision to include Cuba in its list of countries sponsoring terrorism to be an absolute cynicism, a measure that he described as shameful and miserable.

‘It is the world upside down,’ noted the author of the ‘One Hundred Hours with Fidel’ book on social networks, who recalled that Cuba for decades has been the victim of various types of terrorism sponsored by Washington, which have caused thousands of deaths and injuries.

Likewise, he warned that Cuba has never sponsored acts of violence in the US territory and highlighted the condemnation of the scourge of terrorism by the country.

‘Today, with the world tragically affected by the worst pandemic in centuries, the agonizing Trump administration continues to sow hatred and injustice, while Cuba, a small island under siege and blockade, spreads solidarity and sends medical and health aid to dozens of countries,’ he expressed.

According to Ramonet, the decision announced on Monday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reflects the desperation of a government that just a few days ago, with the assault on the Capitol, was even tempted by a self-coup.

The civilized world repudiates this measure. For all its actions in favor of life, peace and culture, Cuba and its government enjoy and will continue to enjoy the highest international consideration, he assured.

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Cuba and European Union value cooperation in trade

Havana, Jan 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuba and the European Union (EU) on Wednesday positively assessed the results achieved in the areas of trade and investment, during the second Joint Committee between both parties, which met virtually.

According to a press release from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting also addressed the need to continue working to counteract the extraterritorial effects of the Helms-Burton Act.

The delegations, headed by the Director General of Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Emilio Lozada, and by the Executive Director for the Americas of the European External Action Service of the EU, Brian Glynn, exchanged views on the process of ratification of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement (PDCA).

They also referred to its implementation during the last stage and discussed the results of the second cycle of the political and sectoral dialogues held in 2020.

The strong Covid-19 impact and the potential for cooperation in the fight against it were also among the issues discussed during the encounter.

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Cuba condemns in CELAC accusation of sponsoring terrorism

Havana, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Cuba condemned on Tuesday the recent accusation of sponsoring terrorism during a virtual meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

In that regard, Cuba’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Anayansi Rodriguez denounced that the decision of the US government is a cynical and hypocritical act that seeks to undermine any possibility of establishing again bilateral relations.

During the 30th Meeting of National Coordinators of CELAC, convened virtually, Cuba’s representation stressed the importance of the mechanism of political agreement, the deputy minister informed on her Twitter account.

Likewise, she advocated the attachment to the founding principles, to consolidate consensus as a priority in 2021 and highlighted the validity of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

At the meeting, the Work Plan for 2021 was approved within CELAC, the most representative forum in the region that brings together 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, updated the director of Multilateral Political Affairs of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mirta Granda.

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