Deputy Minister Fernández de Cossio on Democracy Now!

The Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Fernández de Cossío offered a televised interview to the American media Democracy Now!

In the media report, the Deputy Minister addressed the history of aggression and terrorism against Cuba and its diplomatic missions. In relation to the recent terrorist attack against the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., Cossío commented that "the majority of these expressions of terrorism have been financed, organized or perpetrated from United States territory." He called for an expeditious resolution of the investigation and for the perpetrators to be tried for their terrorist crimes.

Regarding the sanctions imposed by the United States against Cuba and their consequences on the Cuban people, the diplomat stated that there is no rational argument that explains why Cuba remains on the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism, since "Cuba's relationship with the terrorism, is a victim". The sanctions against Cuba are tools to reinforce the economic blockade against the Island, but they also affect other nations due to their extraterritorial effects. Financial institutions with a long tradition of working with Cuba stopped interacting for fear of punishment by the United States against anyone who operates with the Antillean nation. They are aimed at attacking the main sources of the economy, which has been greatly affected, he said.

For the senior Cuban official, the reasons why the Biden government has not resumed the course of normalizing relations with Cuba “are not very clear to us, beyond the desire to try to make life as unbearable as possible for the people of Cuba. as a way of trying to extract political concessions from him.”

Finally, Cossío addressed what he considers one of the greatest challenges for humanity, the climate crisis. He explained that this "is a result of unsustainable patterns of production and consumption." And constitutes a special threat to developing countries because they are those that have suffered the most from the consequences of the unjust international economic order.

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