Cuban authorities call on the US to lift sanctions to stop migration from the Caribbean island

By TravelWiseNov 6, 2023 18:42 PMNews
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Cuban authorities call on the US to lift sanctions
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Cuban officials are hoping to take advantage of the frenzy surrounding the US "border crisis" to negotiate the lifting of some of the harsher sanctions imposed on the Caribbean country.

Cuban authorities attribute the surge in Cuban migration to "punitive policies adopted during the Trump administration and maintained under President Joe Biden," NBS reports.

Efforts to ease sanctions have also intensified as the 2024 election campaign has already begun in the United States, and after Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat and hardliner on Cuba, resigned as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee amid bribery and corruption allegations.

Cuban officials say that Cuba's inclusion on the list of states sponsoring terrorism has worsened its economic situation.

In 2021, the administration of former President Donald Trump returned Cuba to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, reversing former President Barack Obama's 2015 removal from the list, which he made as part of his administration's efforts to normalize relations with the island. Iran, North Korea, and Syria were also added to the list.

The inclusion on the list led to increased sanctions against Cuba, which was already subject to a U.S. trade embargo. Cuban officials and other experts say it has had a major impact on the island's economy.

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