Cuba calls terrorism designation by U.S. absurd, manipulative

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Cuba labeled as absurd and manipulative an annual U.S. State Department report that once again designated Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, a setback for advocates hoping for a change in Washington’s Cuba policy this year.The annual Country Reports on Terrorism issued on Wednesday continued to list Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria as countries that have “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” Cuba has been on the list since 1982.The designation carries with it economic sanctions beyond those already imposed in the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba.Cuba’s Foreign Ministry “energetically rejects the manipulation of a matter as sensitive as international terrorism by turning it into an instrument of policy against Cuba and it demands that our country be definitively excluded from this spurious, unilateral and arbitrary list,” the Cuban government said in a statement late on Wednesday.

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