Vietnam calls on US to end embargo against Cuba

By Staff reporters   June 6, 2024 | 06:24 am PT
Vietnam calls on US to end embargo against Cuba
A street in Havana, Cuba, November 2023. Photo by Reuters
Vietnam has called on the U.S. to remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and completely lift its embargo against the country, spokeswoman of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pham Thu Hang said Thursday.

Hang said at a press conference Vietnam acknowledged that the U.S. has removed Cuba from the list of countries not fully cooperating in counterterrorism, but the U.S. is still keeping it in the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

She added that Vietnam wishes the U.S. will make necessary steps to fully normalize relations with Cuba and contribute to peace, cooperation, stability and development in the Americas and the world.

"Vietnam’s consistent stance is strongly supporting the UN General Assembly's resolutions and requesting the U.S. to end its blockage and embargo against Cuba."

The U.S. cut diplomatic ties with Cuba on Jan. 3, 1961. Tension between the two countries lessened under the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, after Washington re-established diplomatic ties with Havana and brought the island nation out of the list of sponsors of terrorism in 2015.

However, under the administration of President Donald Trump, the U.S. imposed restrictions on Cuba, and brought the country back to the list of sponsors of terrorism in January 2021.

In 2022, the U.S. Department of State brought Cuba into a list of "countries that do not fully cooperate" on anti-terrorism, accusing it of refusing to cooperate with Colombia in the extradition of certain members of the National Liberation Army.

However, Colombia later rescinded arrest warrants for these people, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on May 15 removed Cuba from the list.

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