Cuba protests inclusion of US air screening list

The new security measures call for inspecting baggage and patting down U.S.-bound passengers from four countries -- Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Cuba protests inclusion of US air screening list

Cuba summoned the top U.S. diplomat on the island Tuesday to protest extra screening for Cuban citizens flying into the United States, calling the rule a "hostile action" meant to justify America's trade embargo.

In a statement, the Cuban government said it had delivered a note of protest calling the new measures a "politically motivated" ploy to justify the United States' 47-year-old trade embargo against the island. On Monday, the measures were denounced in Cuba's state-run press as "anti-terrorist paranoia."

"We categorically reject this new hostile action by the United States government," said the statement, which was the latest broadside by Cuba against the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama.

The note was delivered to Jonathan Farrar, head of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, and to the State Department in Washington.

The new security measures call for inspecting baggage and patting down U.S.-bound passengers from four countries -- Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

They include Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced the extra screening on Sunday.



Reuters


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