US-Cuba relations thaw

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 18, 2014 16:57

US-Cuba relations thaw

The US will initiate discussions with Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations, it was revealed today.

“Decades of US isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic … Cuba,” US President Barack Obama said, adding the policy has isolated the US from regional and international partners. “Though the policy has been rooted in the best of intentions, it has had little effect–today, as in 1961, Cuba is governed by the Castros and the Communist party,” Obama said.

The coming changes include lifting of certain travel restrictions, which means general licenses will be made available for all authorized travelers in 12 existing categories, including family visits; official US and foreign government business;  journalistic activity; professional research and meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, athletic competitions and exhibitions; humanitarian projects; and “support for the Cuban people,” among others.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 18, 2014 16:57