Washington (Agenzia Fides) - The National Council of Churches (NCC) of the United States recognized the religious freedom existing in Cuba, and criticized the government of Donald Trump for blacklisting Cuba for serious violations on that matter. In a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi, NCC President Jim Winkler called to remove Cuba from the list of countries that, according to Washington, have committed or tolerated ‘serious violations of religious freedom’ .
"I write to you representing the 38 member churches of the National Council of Churches USA, which in turn collectively represent 40 million Christians in the United States", Winkler said in the letter, dated on July 24.. He described as extremely positive for the two countries the steps taken during the Barack Obama administration (2009-2017), including the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, the joint work by the two governments to address differences, the opening of trade, and the increase in visits of ordinary people. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 31/7/2020)