The United States will return Cuba to the list of countries sponsoring terrorism.
Thus, the current administration of U.S. President Donald Trump will complicate the work of the future administration of the elected leader Joe Biden: it will be more difficult to establish diplomatic ties with Havana. Sources also revealed a possible date for Cuba’s return to the list of sponsors of terrorism. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to announce it himself on Monday, January 11.
The presumed reason for this decision is, among other things, Cuba’s concealment of U.S. fugitives convicted in the States. According to State Department rulings, the decision taken concerns countries that have “repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism.”
Trump and his supporters have recently been trying to make decisions that will influence U.S. policy under Biden in the first months of his administration. In particular, the White House has discussed increasing sanctions on China and Iran.
The states severed diplomatic ties with Cuba in 1961 in response to the nationalization of U.S. property. After that, Washington announced the introduction of a trade and economic embargo. Former U.S. President Barack Obama announced the normalization of bilateral relations in 2014, but the rapprochement ended in January 2017, when Donald Trump led the United States.