(EFE). — The United States decided again this year that Cuba and Venezuela “are not fully cooperating” in the fight against terrorism, according to a notice published Friday in the US Federal Register.
“I hereby determine and certify to Congress that the following countries do not fully cooperate with the counterterrorism efforts of the United States: Iran, the People’s Republic of Korea (or North Korea), Syria, Venezuela, and Cuba,” reads a brief note from Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
This is the second year that the government of President Joe Biden, who took office in January 2021, has concluded that neither Cuba nor Venezuela is cooperating fully with their counterterrorism efforts.
The White House is obligated annually to notify Congress of the list of countries that it considers not to cooperate fully in this area.
Cuba has been on this list since May 2020, which served as the legal basis for several months after that, in January 2021, to be added to another US blacklist, the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, under the term of former President Donald Trump (2017- 2021).
Trump added Cuba to his list of state sponsors of terrorism nine days before he left the White House, complicating Biden’s chances of resuming an immediate rapprochement with Havana.
Aside from Cuba, Washington describes three other countries as state sponsors of terrorism: North Korea, Iran and Syria.
Putting a country on that list means there are barriers to trade and more sanctions, but all these restrictions have already burdened Cuba with the embargo, so they have above all a symbolic component.
Aside from Cuba, Washington classifies three other countries as state sponsors of terrorism: North Korea, Iran, and Syria.
With regard to Venezuela, the United States first designated Caracas as a country not fully cooperating with counterterrorism efforts in 2006, leading to a ban on U.S. sales and export licenses for defense items to Venezuela.
The notification is published in the Federal Register on the Friday of the week in which the United States was Some signs towards Cuba and Venezuela.
On Monday, the Biden administration announced p Operating commercial flights to Cuba outside HavanaThe abolition of restrictions on sending remittances and the restoration of the family reunification program.
A day later, on Tuesday, he reported it Some economic sanctions will be lifted on VenezuelaAmong them was preventing the US oil company Chevron from negotiating with the state-owned PDVSA, in exchange for reactivating the dialogue between the government of Nicolás Maduro and the opposition, which was taking place in Mexico City.
The United States has been working on these ads for months and decided to publish them at a time top of the americas, Set to take place in June in Los Angeles, California, in the North American country where Biden wants to promote an immigration pact, it has been called into question by the White House’s decision not to invite Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
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