Never-mind that Cuba was caught weapons smuggling to North Korea, never-mind Cuba’s cozy relations with terrorist groups and nations that sponsor terror, never-mind Cuba’s refusal to extradite wanted U.S. fugitives hiding in Cuba, never-mind that Cuba has given NOTHING in return for Obama’s concessions, King Raul asks, and Obama scuttles to deliver.
Before Obama trip, US eases security for ships visiting Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States removed Cuba on Thursday from its list of countries deemed to have insufficient security in their ports, eliminating a major impediment to free flow of ships in the Florida Straits. The move marks one more step toward normalized relations ahead of President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Cuba.
The shift clears the way for U.S. cruise ships, cargo vessels and even ferries to travel back and forth with much less hassle. No longer will all ships have to wait to be boarded by the U.S. Coast Guard for inspections, though the Coast Guard still can conduct random inspections.
The Coast Guard, in an advisory on global port security, said Cuba now has effective security measures in its ports. That certification also removes the requirement that American vessels maintain a higher level of security for access to ships while in Cuban ports.
Removing Cuba’s designation under rules designed to fight terrorism also addresses a sore spot in the painful history between Cuba and the U.S., which dominated the island before relations were cut off amid the Cold War. After all, it was only last year that the U.S. removed Cuba from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Other countries on the list include Syria, Yemen, Libya and Iran.
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