The news that U.S. President Barack Obama decided yesterday, April 15, to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of international terrorism, and notify Congress of the change, generated broad interest internationally.
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales commented that Cuba has never been a terrorist country, but rather one which has shown solidarity with all the world’s nations, and should never have been included on any U.S. list of any kind.
Morales insisted that the U.S. “made a mistake” including Cuba on the list created unilaterally by the State Department, a policy he described as “arrogant.”
According to PL, during a press conference, the Bolivian President commented, “When is the fundamental problem between the U.S. and Cuba going to be resolved? When Washington resolves fundamental problems, lifts the blockade and returns Guantánamo to Cuba.”
The Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that government spokesperson Hong Lei emphasized that China has always called for an end to all unilateral sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Cuba. In the United States, the New York Times hailed the move as a step in the right direction since it removes a major obstacle to the reestablishment of diplomatic relations.
The Washington Post reported that the removal of Cuba from the list would imply an end to a number of sanctions, including prohibitions on trade and other financial restrictions, although many of these will remain in place as a result of blockade regulations approved by Congress.