World, Americas

Biden administration to review Cuba terror blacklisting

US president not focused on revamping Cuba policy but designation made under former President Donald Trump to be reviewed

Michael Gabriel Hernandez  | 09.03.2021 - Update : 09.03.2021
Biden administration to review Cuba terror blacklisting


The US is "committed" to reviewing a decision made in the waning days of the Trump administration to label Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism, the White House said Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that an overhaul of Washington’s policy vis-a-vis Cuba "is not currently among President Biden’s top priorities," but said the US is "committed to making human rights a core pillar of our US policy."

"And we’re committed to carefully reviewing policy decisions made in the prior administration, including the decision to designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism," she said.

Cuba is just one of four countries on the terrorism list alongside Iran, North Korea and Syria.

A little more than one week before he left office, former President Donald Trump moved to re-list Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism in an action sharply decried by Cuban officials. Havana had been removed from the list in 2015 by former President Barack Obama amid what was then a rapprochement between the Cold War rivals.

Relations sharply soured during Trump's time in office as he moved to roll back much of the diplomatic opening brought about by his predecessor.

Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.
Related topics
Bu haberi paylaşın