Sample Public Official letter regarding removing Cuba from the SSOT

Mar 6, 2023 by


As a part of its maximum pressure campaign on Cuba, in January 2021 the Trump administration returned Cuba to the List of State Sponsor of Terrorism without providing any reasonable justification for this act. The Obama/Biden administration had removed Cuba from the list in 2015 following a thorough review as part of its program of improving relations with Cuba.

While removing Cuba from the terrorism list did not end the U. S. government’s sixty-year blockade of that country it helped to facilitate Cuba’s ability to purchase needed goods in the international marketplace. By being back on this list, Cuba is again subjected to a series of sanctions and international financial restrictions that limit the nation’s ability to carry out critical financial transactions, including those needed to purchase medicines and medical supplies for its population and reboot its economy. 

Cuba can be removed from this list by executive order of President Biden, who promised, during his electoral campaign, to review the Sponsor of Terrorism designation. Rather than maintaining failed policies of the past it is time to pursue a way forward in our relations with Cuba that reflects our values as a country and improves the lives of citizens of both countries.

Now, therefore we the undersigned political leaders urge President Biden and Congress, each federal representative in our jurisdiction, to call on the federal government to remove Cuba from the United States list of state sponsors of terrorism.


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