In an announcement on December 17, US President Barack Obama announced a change of course in the country’s relationship with Cuba.
In an historical moment, the United States announced today that it would re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba for the first time in over 50 years. The announcement came after a prisoner exchange between the two nations – including the return of former US-AID contractor Alan Gross – which had been a major diplomatic stumbling block between the two nations.
President Obama’s announcement outlined a new policy towards Cuba, with implications for the country’s bilateral diplomatic relationship, as well as business and trade relations.
In a note from the White House Press Secretary, the administration said the following actions would be taken:
Key Components of the Updated Policy Approach:
Since taking office in 2009, President Obama has taken steps aimed at supporting the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country’s future. Today, the President announced additional measures to end our outdated approach, and to promote more effectively change in Cuba that is consistent with U.S. support for the Cuban people and in line with U.S. national security interests. Major elements of the President’s new approach include:
Establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba-
The President has instructed the Secretary of State to immediately initiate discussions with Cuba on the re-establishment of …
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