Havana_ The government of the United States insists on seeking pretexts to complicate the just strained relations with Cuba, where they warn that the administration of Donald Trump seems to be left without lies for that purpose.

Since his arrival at the White House, in January 2017, Trump has launched actions framed in his stated objective of reversing the progress that occurred in 2015 and 2016 in the bilateral ties, after the announcement made in December 2014 by the then Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama to start a process of rapprochement.

The resurgence of the economic blockade and financial persecution, the appointment in important positions of people with a clear anti-Cuban history, the return to a rhetoric that uses alleged human rights violations as spearhead and the accusation of attacks on the health of his diplomats in Havana are part of the crusade.

The alleged health incidents of the officials of the Embassy of Washington opened a new chapter of hostility, which led to a severe impact on the work of the US embassies in this capital and Cuba in Washington DC.

The day before, the Chancellery of the island denounced a new pretext of the North American administration to spoil the interest of the majority of those who live on both sides of the Straits of Florida in maintaining good neighbor relations, above the deep ideological differences existing

"In the recent months, the State Department of the United States has generated a new excuse to affect bilateral diplomatic relations, related to the process of granting diplomatic and official visas required by the staff of the respective embassies," it warned.

According to the Cuban government, the maneuver is to argue that Cuba hinders the granting of visas for designated officials in the US embassy, ​​which supposedly hinders the performance of that diplomatic mission.

Accusing Cuba of generating an untenable situation for the operation of the United States Embassy constitutes a flagrant distortion of the truth. The State Department uses the visa to affect its diplomatic relations with Cuba, "Carlos Fernández de Cossío, the United States Director General of the Foreign Ministry, wrote on his Twitter account.

The island accused Washington of deliberately concealing that it was the US government that decided on its own to reduce the personnel of its embassy in September 2017, including in particular the person in charge of consular services.

As a result, it affected Cuban and US citizens who depend on these services, as well as deciding the arbitrary and unjust expulsion of 15 Cuban officials from the embassy in Washington DC, in October last year, the Foreign Ministry recalled in its statement.

The Cuban government said yesterday that it "maintains the spirit of facilitating the requirements of each party for the respective operation of the embassies on the basis of reciprocity."

This position is framed in the repeated statements of authorities of the Caribbean country, including its president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and the foreign minister, Bruno Rodríguez, about the willingness to dialogue on any issue and to promote civilized ties.

At the end of September, during his stay in New York in the context of the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly, Díaz-Canel ratified the willingness of the largest of the Antilles to maintain a respectful and civilized relationship, based on the sovereign equality and mutual respect.

"That is the will of the Cuban people and we know that this is an aspiration shared by the majority of US citizens and, particularly, by the Cubans residing in that country," he said in the General Assembly.

At Riverside Church in Harlem, the president criticized on September 26 that the ties between the two countries continue to be influenced by the claims of a minority, but politically powerful groups within the United States that promote tension and hostility.

'These are groups that aspire to Cuba returning to the past; for this they use deception and defamation, they have powerful financial resources and the manipulative support of influential media, "he said.

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