A new White House travel policy has put the spotlight on travelers from the island nation as well as those from countries around the world.
But for Obama, the policy is not about curbing travel from the communist nation.
Instead, it’s about ensuring the United States continues to remain a global leader in the fight against terrorism, including the threat of the Islamic State.
“It is absolutely imperative that the United State remain the leader in this fight, and we will continue to fight ISIL, and to protect our homeland,” said Biden on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
“This is a fight that is our national security and it is an economic and political one.”
The White House says the policy, which took effect on Wednesday, is meant to reduce the travel risks posed by the Islamic state.
And while the policy will also limit travel to some destinations, the administration said the focus is on ensuring that Americans continue to travel abroad for jobs and to learn more about the country and its people.
“We want to see our friends and allies in the region, especially those that are in the heart of the region and the heartland, continue to flourish, expand, and prosper,” Biden said.
“We want those in the Middle East and Africa to see the United Kingdom and France and the United Arab Emirates continue to thrive.”
Biden added that the new travel policy will include some changes that would help the United Stations, the U.S. embassies in the world’s largest economies, as well.
“In the event that we find ourselves in a situation where we have a situation that requires a change in travel policy, I believe that I can assure the American people that we will do what we can to accommodate,” he said.
Biden said that in the event of a situation in which a U.N. Security Council resolution calls for restrictions, the United states would work with the United nations “to see if we can work out a compromise, or if we could make a unilateral change, that will allow us to make those changes.”
The policy, announced by Biden and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, has also allowed travel from several countries with longstanding ties to the Islamic militant group.
The policy is meant as a tool to deter the group from conducting attacks against the U,S.
and its allies.