Biden extends the embargo law against Havana

HAVANA, Sept. 7th Joe Biden extended until September 14, 2022 the regulations that sustain the embargo against the Government of Cuba, by virtue of the so-called Law of Commerce with the Enemy.

In a memorandum sent to the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, the president ordered the continuation of the exercise of the sanctions that under these regulations limit exchanges with the Havana regime.
The regulation expired on September 14, 2021, so its extension required Biden’s signature to remain in force. “I hereby determine that the continuation of the exercise of those authorities with respect to Cuba for one year is in the national interest of the United States,” says the presidential text.
Donald Trump had renewed the regulations in September 2020, a statute from 1917 that supports the economic embargo against the Havana regime. Biden’s action is the fulfilment of one of his campaign promises.
At the end of 2020, the Democratic candidate for the vice presidency of the United States, Kamala Harris, affirmed in an interview with the Spanish agency EFE that if she reached the White House with her running mate, they would repeal the restrictions that Donald Trump imposed on the regime of the Island during his Administration, but added that the end of the embargo would not occur “soon.”
Biden, who was the vice president of Barack Obama (2009-2017), expressed during the campaign his desire to improve relations with Havana and return to the policies of the stage known as “thaw”, which began in 2014 and ended with the Trump’s arrival at the White House in January 2017.

During that stage of detente, Obama took several measures to relax the restrictions of the economic embargo that has been imposed on the Cuban government since 1962 and even asked the Congress of his country to lift it, since that body is the only one with the capacity to do so.

“The embargo is the law; you need an act of Congress to lift it or you need the president to determine that a democratically elected government is in power in Cuba. We do not expect any of these things to happen anytime soon,” Harris limited himself to saying. in that occasion.
Likewise, the United States voted against the draft resolution against the embargo presented last June before the UN General Assembly by Havana, and which 184 countries signed.