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US Sanctions Cuba, Places Travel Ban on Leader Raul Castro For Supporting Venezuela Government

On Thursday, the United States imposed a journey ban on Cuban chief Raul Castro and his kids in response to Castro’s assist for the regime of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, in keeping with Al Jazeera and Reuters.

Castro and his quick household have been barred from getting into America—together with his kids, Alejandro Castro Espin, Mariela Castro Espin, Nilsa Castro Espin and Deborah Castro Espin.

“As First Secretary of Cuba’s Armed Forces, Castro is responsible for Cuba’s actions to prop up the former Maduro regime in Venezuela through violence, intimidation, and repression,” stated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in an announcement.

“In concert with Maduro’s military and intelligence officers, members of the Cuban security forces have been involved in gross human rights violations and abuses in Venezuela, including torture,” Pompeo added, and in addition accused Castro of overseeing “a system that arbitrarily detains thousands of Cubans and currently holds more than 100 political prisoners.”

The influence this may have on Castro’s entry into the United States is, at the moment, unknown. He final appeared within the nation in 2015 to deal with the United Nations General Assembly; solely one in all his kids, LGBTQ activist Mariela Castro Espin, has been to the nation lately.

US Sanctions Cuba, Places Travel Ban on Leader Raul Castro For Supporting Venezuela Government
Cuban chief Raul Castro (C) acknowledges applause as he arrives on the Gran Teatro de la Habana Alicia Alonso on March 22, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Castro and his kids turned the topic of a journey ban by the Trump administration Thursday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

The U.S., together with fifty different nations, oppose and think about Maduro’s regime illegitimate and assist opposition forces led by Juan Guaido. Guaido invoked Venezuela’s structure in January to declare himself interim president after Maduro received a broadly boycotted election.

Maduro known as for Guaido’s arrest, declaring his assertion an try at a coup co-orchestrated with the United States. The two opposing forces have met as just lately as July to debate the continuing disaster.

Maduro nonetheless attracts assist from Cuba, Russia and China. A Chinese contractor offered to restore Venezuela’s refineries and restore its gas manufacturing in change for oil merchandise in August after US sanctions hit the nation. Venezuela’s state establishments additionally acknowledge Maduro as president.

This is the most recent in a string of sanctions the Trump administration has enacted in opposition to the Cuban authorities. Last week, the US Department of State required the immediate departure of two of Cuba’s United Nations Mission delegates from the nation and restricted journey for the remainder of the nation’s delegates to the Island of Manhattan, citing “attempts to conduct influence operations against the U.S.” Cuba strongly rejected these allegations as “gross slander.”

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza responded to the sanctions with scorn, telling Reuters it was an try at “humiliating” Castro.

“And neither Raul Castro nor his family even want to come to this country! We are forced to come here because the U.N. headquarters is in New York, for now.”

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