Obama hails ‘new chapter’ in US-Cuba ties

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Today, President Barack Obama announced a major deal that’s in the works between the United States and Cuba.

Today’s announcement came on the heels of American Alan Gross being released from a Cuban jail in exchange for three Cubans jailed in Florida for spying.

The 65-year-old spent five years behind bars after being accused of subversion, for trying to bring internet services to communities in Cuba.

He was freed on humanitarian grounds.

His arrest and imprisonment had undermined attempts to thaw diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The US president announced measures that he said would end an “outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests”.

The plans set out in a White House statement also includes:

Reviewing the designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism
Easing a travel ban for US citizens
Easing financial restrictions
Increasing telecommunications links
Efforts to lift the 54-year-old trade embargo

Lets see how this plays out

Source: BBC



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