The re-election of Donald Trump as president of america can be “the worst” state of affairs for Cuba, Havana’s high diplomat in command of relations with Washington informed AFP.
“If the Republicans win … it is a very damaging state of affairs,” mentioned Carlos Fernandez de Cossio, the international ministry’s normal director for the US.
“It might imply a minimum of a continuation of the coverage of aggression in opposition to our nation.”
Cuba has been subjected to a US embargo since 1962 — however, below Democratic President Barack Obama, tensions have been easing.
Then Trump took energy and commenced ramping up sanctions as soon as extra, cancelling or suspending lots of the agreements made throughout Obama’s time period.
In 2019 Trump added greater than 80 sanctions, together with people who hinder the provision of Venezuelan oil, discourage investments, give the inexperienced mild for compensation claims in US courts in opposition to nationalized properties, and block business and monetary exercise.
Added to that, the final lockdown that has been provoked by the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the social scenario for hundreds of thousands of Cubans in a rustic that was already affected by meals and gasoline shortages.
Trump addressed a message on Wednesday to the Cuban neighborhood in Florida — a key swing state in November’s US election — during which he blasted “Cuba’s tyrannical regime.”
Many Cuban exiles and immigrants in Florida are passionately against the communist regime in Havana, together with Republican senator Marco Rubio.
Miami particularly is a hotbed of anti-Castro organizations which have been concerned in generally violent actions in opposition to Cuba.
Fernandez de Cossio mentioned a second Trump mandate can be even worse than the primary as a result of it could preserve “folks with an anti-Cuban trajectory” in “vital positions inside the federal government, within the State Division constructions or the Nationwide Safety Council.”
NO DESIRE TO END DIPLOMACY
Regardless of that hostility, “Cuba has no real interest in a breakup of relations with america,” mentioned Fernandez de Cossio, though he insisted the island nation can be “prepared” if that did occur.
Fernandez de Cossio claims that the Trump administration is “forcing officers, a few of them with a protracted profession, to lie overtly, which is what is occurring with State Division officers and even the embassy right here in Havana.”
Even so, and regardless of criticism from the US Cost d’Affaires in Havana, Mara Tekach, Cuba has a historical past of tolerating hostile diplomats on its territory.
Fernandez de Cossio says “we needn’t expel them.”
The hostility is clear in each international locations.
On April 30, a Cuban immigrant fired 30 pictures on the Cuban embassy in Washington.
Though he was detained instantly, Cuba says it has acquired no official communication from Washington on the case.
Havana has accused the US police of “complicity” in what it describes as an act of “terrorism.”
Fernandez de Cossio believes the US authorities would not wish to carry the lid by itself “hyperlinks to this particular person or with organizations or folks with a historical past or with aggressive conduct in the direction of Cuba.”
If that Pandora’s Field have been opened, “the hyperlinks to organizations with terrorist origins that exist in america inside the legislation, in complicity, with safety from america authorities” would emerge.
“That is the one approach one can clarify, apart from the conceitedness, … of this unyielding silence” from Washington, he added.