Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez
Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez holds a press conference in Havana, Cuba, Oct. 22, 2020. (Photo by Joaquin Hernandez/Xinhua)

Cuba condemns its inclusion in a U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Monday.

Cuba condemns the U.S.-announced “hypocritical and cynical designation” of the country as “a state sponsoring terrorism,” the minister said on Twitter. “The U.S. political opportunism is recognized by those who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims,” he added.

In 2020, as the island nation strove to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide, Washington included Havana in the list of countries that “do not fully cooperate with the U.S. counter-terrorism efforts.”

In 2015, under the administration of then U.S. President Barack Obama, Cuba was removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism as the two countries re-established diplomatic ties.

However, U.S. sanctions on Cuba have not been fully lifted. The embargo has been tightened by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, which has banned U.S. flights to Cuban cities except Havana, barred U.S. cruise ships and yachts from visiting Cuba, and limited remittances Cuban-Americans send to their families on the island nation.

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