Cuba condemns new US sanctions
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is convinced that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden does not believe the Caribbean island nation sponsors terrorism, a senior Cuban diplomat said Tuesday, a day after the outgoing U.S. administration returned Cuba to a terrorism list. “We are convinced that President Biden and his team know perfectly and recognize that Cuba is not and has not been a sponsor of terrorism,” Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, director general of the United States department in Cuba’s Foreign Ministry, told a small group of journalists. “And we trust that this truth will have a certain influence on the government team that enters next January 20,” he said. The Trump administration on Monday re-designated Cuba as a “state sponsor of terrorism,” hitting the country with new sanctions that could hamstring Biden’s promise to renew relations with the communist-governed island.