Cuba Decision Will Isolate U.S. From Allies, Congressman Says

Washington, April 17 (Prensa Latina) The president of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Eliot Engel, considered this Wednesday that the recent decision of Donald Trump’s administration on Cuba will isolate Washington from its allies.

Through a press release, the New York Democrat legislator referred to the announcement made Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that as of May 2 the United States will fully apply Title III of the Helms-Burton Act against the island.

Through this legislative section, U.S. nationals will have the possibility of taking to courts people and companies, including those from third countries, who invest in Cuban territory in properties nationalized after the triumph of the Revolution, on January 1, 1959.

Given the damages that part of the law approved in 1996 would imply, not only for Cuba, but also for the United States and allies of this nation such as the European Union (EU) and Canada, Trump’s predecessors since William Clinton (1993-2001) prevented its implementation.

In recent days the community bloc reiterated its call to Washington to continue the suspension of Title III and warned that it could take action to reject the measure, but the Republican’s executive went ahead with its application. In Engel’s words, ‘President Trump’s rejection of more than two decades of bipartisan consensus on a key piece of U.S. policy toward Cuba’ will further isolate the country from ‘our Latin American and European allies.

According to the member of the Lower House, the measure is contrary even to the objectives set by Washington of wanting to promote ‘democracy in Cuba and Venezuela’, and will do nothing ‘to resolve the claims of U.S. property in Cuba’.

He added that Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush (2001-2009) and Barack Obama (2009-2017) resigned from Title III for so long ‘because they rightly concluded that it would harm U.S. interests, U.S. business and the Cuban people.

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