In a statement today, the CARICOM Secretariat noted that 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 the 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.
The Trump administration made the announcement on Monday, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that the re-designation was warranted because Cuba has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists, including several American fugitives.
The US action subjects Cuba to additional sanctions that continue to penalise the people of Cuba as well as countries engaging in certain trade with Cuba. It also restricts US foreign assistance, and bans defence exports and sales.
According to Pompeo's statement, the Trump administration has been focused from the start on “denying the Castro regime the resources it uses to oppress its people at home, and countering its malign interference in Venezuela and the rest of the Western Hemisphere.”
Its estimated that the Trtump administration is responsible for a crippling 200 sanctions against the government and people of Cuba.
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