The White House said on Tuesday it was exploring ways the United States could assist Cubans engaged in anti-government protests and hold the Cuban government accountable for suppressing freedoms in the island nation.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the US was working to identify the Cuban officials responsible for the attacks on peaceful protesters.
At the same time, she said the US wants to increase Internet access in Cuba, promote humanitarian aid, and create a viable remittance system for Cuban expatriates to send money to their relatives in Cuba without government evasion.
Saki said the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control “will continue to trace Cuban designated officials responsible for human rights violations against peaceful protesters.”
In addition, she said that the government is “creating a remittance working group to identify the most effective way to get remittances directly into the hands of the Cuban people.”
Saki said the US has long been concerned about Havana’s theft of money for its citizens.
“It’s definitely something we’re paying attention to,” she said. “This will be the subject of discussion in these working groups” considering the response to the unrest in Cuba.
In a statement, Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the Biden administration’s efforts to assist the Cuban people.
“The Cuban people are risking it all by taking to the streets to end tyranny, and it is more important than ever that the international community hear their stories, realizing the despair and fear they live with, And stand up for them and for them,” Menendez said.
“I appreciate President Biden’s support for the people of Cuba at this critical moment and his willingness to listen to those directly affected on and off the island,” he said.
The US is also considering expanding the staff of the US embassy in Havana.
More than 40 US diplomats serving in Cuba said the State Department cut staff at the embassy by more than half in 2017 after they experienced persistent earaches, headaches and problems with memory, concentration, balance and sleep in 2016. . Administration Former President Donald Trump called it a “sonic attack” as a result of the injuries.
The Biden administration has not announced any intended action, but it is reviewing US-Cuba policies continuously. The White House said on Monday that several officials met with a group of Cuban US leaders “to hear their policy recommendations and concerns”.
A White House statement stressed that addressing the current situation in Cuba is “a top priority.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Monday that the administration is concerned about human rights, democracy and civil rights.
“That’s exactly what you see and we’ve said over the years in the mechanisms of support that the United States has provided to the Cuban people. And that’s exactly what we mean when we say we consider additional forms of support. , including any humanitarian assistance to the Cuban people,” Price said.
Some information for this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.