Statements to the media by the Director General of the United States Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossio, on the decision of the US government to include Cuba in the list of States sponsors of terrorism.
As it was explained yesterday, the Foreign Ministry has firmly and categorically condemned Cuba’s designation as a country sponsor of terrorism by the US administration and its inclusion in a list of the State Department.
There are several grounds for this condemnation. In the first place, Cuba is not a country that sponsors terrorism. This is known by the US President. It is known by the Secretary of State, who deliberately lied yesterday when he designated Cuba as such. It is known by the officials of the State Department and the US law enforcement officers.
Another argument is that Cuba does not acknowledge the country designation lists issued by the State Department. Such lists, like the one of States which are allegedly sponsoring terrorism, are completely unilateral, are not internationally recognized or acknowledged by any international authority; they exist and were created to defame countries with which the United States has differences, with which it has disagreements, and to apply economic coercive measures against them. They are used as a pretext to punish countries, such as Cuba, which is sanctioned with economic coercive measures to punish the Cuban people and our nation.
Another argument is that Cuba has suffered terrorism, a terrorism organized, funded and perpetrated by the US government or by individuals and organizations based in or operating from US territory with the leniency of this country’s authorities.
I might say another argument is the political opportunism of those officials or persons who feel they have a political debt in the aftermath of the recent elections in the US or those who are doing favors in advance in preparation for 2024 and believe that to a minority of hardliners on Cuba it is appealing to apply measures against our country at the very last minute.