U.S. Religious Leaders Ask Obama to Remove Cuba from Terrorism List

Washington, Oct 22 (Prensa Latina) U.S. religious leaders asked President Barack Obama to remove Cuba from the United States” list of state sponsors of terrorism, and urged him to normalize relations with Cuba.

“Cuba is not a state sponsor of terrorism and must be taken off this list. Cubaâ�Ös placement on the list is widely recognized as inaccurate and dates to decades-old political dynamics that no longer exist,” Rev. John L. McCullough, president of Church World Service, and other leaders of Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic and ecumenical institutions said in a letter to Obama.

Despite growing international rejection, the White House keep Cuba on that list this year, but acknowledged once again that there are no evidence that Cuban authorities provided paramilitary training or weapons to violent groups.

The religious leaders also urged direct, high-level dialogue with the Cuban government and lifting of all restrictions on purposeful people-to-people travel between the United States and Cuba.

The letter also expresses gratitude to the president for his 2011 directive that lifted restrictions for religious, academic and licensed people-to-people travel to Cuba.

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Modificado el ( martes, 22 de octubre de 2013 )

 

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