WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is considering putting Cuba back on its list of states that sponsor terrorism, a senior official told Reuters on Thursday, a move that would be another major blow to increasingly strained relations between Washington and Havana.
There is a “compelling argument” that Cuba should once again be placed on the United States’ blacklist, in part because of its continued support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the refuge it provides to leaders of the Colombian National Liberation Army, he said. the official.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not rule out that the decision on Cuba be made by the end of the year.
In what was possibly a preliminary step, the Donald Trump government said on Wednesday that it had once again placed Havana on a list of countries that do not fully cooperate with its efforts to combat terrorism, something the island has always denied.
Returning Cuba to the blacklist would be a further setback in the thawing of relations between Washington and Havana achieved under the mandate of Democrat Barack Obama.
(Report by Matt Spetalnick; Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira)
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