Outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry stated america wanted to deepen its ties with Cuba if it really needed to assist the Cuban individuals and advance U.S. pursuits.
In an exit memo addressed to President Barack Obama however doubtless directed on the subsequent administration, Kerry referred to as for lifting the commerce embargo towards Cuba and persevering with Obama’s outreach towards the island nation, as an alternative of reversing it as President-elect Donald Trump has threatened.
“Our new relationship with Cuba has additionally eliminated an irritant in our relationships all through the Western Hemisphere,” Kerry wrote.
The 21-web page memo summarizes a number of of what the administration sees as its excessive factors and argues for persevering with a number of overseas coverage initiatives attacked by Trump.
The Obama administration, for instance, has been working exhausting to guard what it considers one in every of its most formidable overseas coverage initiatives: ending greater than 50 years of hostility with Cuba.
Our new relationship with Cuba has additionally eliminated an irritant in our relationships all through the Western Hemisphere. John Kerry, secretary of state
Since Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro introduced plans to revive ties on Dec. 17, 2014, the nations’ embassies have been reopened and restrictions have been lifted on commerce and journey. In March, Obama turned the primary U.S. president to go to Havana in 88 years.
Trump has vowed to reverse Obama’s outreach until the communist authorities frees political prisoners and restores spiritual and political freedoms.
The White Home has warned Trump towards finishing up the threats. Kerry stated doing so would harm the Cuban individuals and injury U.S. standing within the area.
U.S. coverage towards Cuba has lengthy been a supply a rigidity between the U.S. and different Latin American nations. Kerry stated eradicating the difficulty had strengthened ties and opened alternatives for the USA to work on essential initiatives, together with the Colombia peace deal.