Press advisory” CFC calls attention to the 3rd high level meeting between Cuba and Iran, two state terror sponsors in 2023, expresses concern for Western democracies, and U.S. National Security.

Press advisory

Center for a Free Cuba calls attention to the third high level meeting between Cuba and Iran, two state terror sponsors in 2023, and expresses concern for Western democracies, and U.S. National Security.

Contacts: John Suarez  (612)-367-6845 and Janisset Rivero (786)-208-6056 

Center for a Free Cuba. Washington DC, December 4, 2023. Miguel Díaz-Canel’s visit to Iran today is the third high-level meeting between Cuba and Iran, two state terror sponsors in 2023, and should raise concerns for Western democracies, and U.S. National Security.

The Islamic Iranian state owned news network PRESSTV reported today on Miguel Díaz-Canel’s visit to Iran, and his meeting with the leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, in which he advocated that Cuba and Iran “set up an alliance and a coalition among those countries that share the same position against the US and Western bullying.” … “With its focus on economic cooperation, this coalition can take a common and effective position on important international issues such as the Palestinian issue.”

Since Fidel Castro’s visit to Iran in May 2001, Miguel Díaz-Canel is the first Cuban president to visit the country in 22 years.  The lateFidel Castro visited Iran on May 10, 2001, four months before the September 11, 2001 attacks, where he was quoted by the Agence France Presse at the University of Tehran stating that “Iran and Cuba, in cooperation with each other, can bring America to its knees.” … “The U.S. regime is very weak, and we are witnessing this weakness from close up.”

Cuba and Iran’s current animosity for Western democracies is demonstrated by more than just disinformation, and diplomatic support for bad actors. 

Iran has been supplying Russia with drones that are being deployed against Ukrainians civilians, and Cuban soldiers are battling on the front lines of Putin’s illegitimate war wearing Russian uniforms.

On October 7, 2023, Hamas, an Iranian proxy, invaded and attacked Israel killing 1,200 and taking  240 hostages. This strike ignited a Middle East war between Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas, which has its base of operations in Gaza.

Over the course of 2023, high level Cuban government officials have had three high level and public meetings with Iranian officials. The Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian visited Cuba on February 5, 2023 and met with Diaz-Canel.On June 15th Miguel Diaz-Canel met with the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, and again with Iran’s Foreign Minister in Havana. Today, Diaz-Canel met with the  leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran.

Cuban officials have also met with terrorist operatives of the Iranian regime. In February 2023, the Cuban Ambassador in Lebanon received a Hamas delegation.  Ambassador Jorge Leon Cruz in this meeting recognized “the legitimate right of the Palestinians to defend their land….The Palestinians are fighting for a just cause.”

“Cuba and Iran are recognized by the U.S. State Department as state sponsors of terrorism, and the fact that they are coordinating efforts, including backing Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine, and the  terrorist group Hamas in its genocidal war against Israel it is time for the State Department, and National Security Council to conduct a reappraisal of a policy that has been dominated by concessions to both Havana and Tehran,”  stated John Suarez, executive director, Center for a Free Cuba.

###