Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday condemned Cuba’s policy of discriminating against Cuban-born Americans who want to travel to the island by sea, and criticized Carnival Corp. for enforcing that rule.
“The United States government will never support, never condone discrimination. And the Cuban government should not have the right to enforce on us a policy of discrimination against people who have the right to travel,” Kerry said during an interview with the Miami Herald and CNN en Español in Miami.
“American citizens, Cuban-Americans, have a right to travel, and we should not be in a situation where the Cuban government is forcing its discrimination policy on us. So we call on the government of Cuba to change that policy and to recognize that if they want full relations and normal relationship with the United States, they have to live by international laws, not exclusively by Cuban laws.”
Asked whether Carnival should postpone its plans to start cruises to Cuba until Cuban-born Americans are allowed to travel the island, Kerry said, “Carnival needs to not discriminate.”
Kerry was in Miami for a graduation speech at Miami Dade College.
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