McGovern, Lee, Meeks and Castro Applaud Biden Administration’s Decision to Remove Cuba from List of Countries Deemed Uncooperative on Counterterrorism

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Jim McGovern (MA-2), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, Barbara Lee (CA-12), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, issued the below statement applauding President Biden’s decision to remove Cuba from a short list of countries the United States alleges are “not cooperating fully” in its fight against terrorism:

“We welcome the Biden Administration’s decision to remove Cuba from a list of countries not cooperating on the fight against terrorism. This prior designation was counterproductive and unhelpful. The United States government has been talking directly with the Cuban government on law enforcement and anti-terror efforts, including related to extradition. While the United States has many issues with the Government of Cuba, these issues are best addressed through engagement and dialogue, as we do with other countries in our hemisphere. We look forward to working further with the Biden administration to advance policies designed to help the people of Cuba claim their full human rights and build a prosperous and inclusive society.”