The Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect (ACERE) vehemently condemns the recent act of terrorism against the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., where two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the building. Such heinous actions threaten diplomatic personnel’s safety and security and damage the fragile diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States.
We express our relief that the embassy staff remained unharmed in this incident. Still, it is critical to acknowledge that this is the second violent attack against the embassy in just over three years. It is deeply concerning that the embassy, a symbol of diplomatic relations and dialogue, continues to be a target of violence.
The use of violence and terrorism as a form of expression or protest is inexcusable. ACERE calls on all parties, regardless of political stance or beliefs, to reject and condemn such violent tactics. We urge U.S. authorities to rigorously investigate this incident, bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure that the embassy and its personnel are safe and protected as required by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. As the second terrorist attack against the Cuban Embassy in the United States in three years, it is incumbent upon the U.S. to provide enhanced protection and security measures in line with its legal obligations.
It is vital for the future of bilateral relations that both the U.S. and Cuban governments and civil society organizations work together to foster an environment of respect, understanding, and peaceful dialogue. ACERE will continue to support and advocate for constructive engagement between the two countries. We believe that dialogue and mutual respect are the most effective tools for addressing differences and advancing shared interests.
Lastly, we extend our solidarity to the Cuban diplomatic personnel in Washington, D.C., and hope for the safety and security of all embassies and their staff worldwide. ACERE continues to support and promote peaceful relations, understanding, and constructive engagement between the United States and Cuba.