Last week, we reported that Authorities have banned the transfer of monies into Cuba for non-nationals. According to a notice pinned at one of the money transfer agencies in Belize, it noted that effective Wednesday, October 9, 2019, “all transactions to Cuba must be by a family member sending to another close Cuban family member.” The notice went on to say that according to new regulations in Cuba, the donative remittance option has been discontinued. Love News met with Cuban Ambassador to Belize, Lissette Perez Perez who explained that the policy is not in line with Cuba’s regulations but is part of the US trade sanctions against Cuba. In an extended interview with a representative from the U.S. State Department, Julie Chung, she told us that various US companies are being sanctioned for having business ties with Cuba and Venezuela.
Julie Chung, U.S State Department Representative: “In the view of the United States we have been having a lot of sanctions and a lot of discussions about Cuba’s maligned influence in the region, including in Venezuela and in terms of the current Maduro regime that has been a complete disaster for the people and the country of Venezuela, starving and torturing it’s people you have a humanitarian crisis; not only for Venezuela but for over 4 million people that have fled Venezuela facing a million percent inflation. This is not what we want to see in the region, we want to see a stable and peaceful western hemisphere and what’s happening in Venezuela it’s something that Cuba is contributing to really violates all the norms of human rights and international rule of law. Right now our sanctions are focused on those that are US companies that are doing business with the Maduro regime and US companies that are doing business in Cuba so we are focused on that.”
According to Julie Chung, they are sanctioning US companies and not countries.