Cuban expert says new U.S. restrictions harm bilateral ties

Cuban expert says new U.S. restrictions harm bilateral ties

However, the government also made it clear that it is willing to continue “respectful dialogue” and cooperation with Washington on issues of mutual interest.

On Friday, President Donald Trump announced an end to former President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy.

Russia‘s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Sunday Trump is: ‘returning us to the forgotten rhetoric of the Cold War’.

Rubio said Obama’s shift towards a more open relationship with Cuba helped to enrich their military by allowing too many concessions.

Trump said the United States will not negotiate a new deal with Cuba until it releases the political prisoners it claims it does not have, turns over fugitives from American justice, hands over military criminals, respects freedom of assembly and expression and holds free and fair elections.

“I am proud to be an American”, said 75-year-old Modesto Castaner, who trained with the Central Intelligence Agency in Guatemala before taking part in the failed bid to overthrow Fidel Castro’s rule.

But Trump did not completely rescind Obama’s policies toward Cuba. Diplomatic relations, restored only two years ago, will remain intact.

After Castro’s regime nationalized all US property in Cuba in 1960, Washington responded by seizing all Cuban assets on US soil and tightening its comprehensive embargo against the island nation.The US leases the territory of its naval base at Guantanamo Bay, which includes the infamous US detention facility there.

On the surface, the announcement appears to benefit the territory; Cuba, if opened to full commerce with America, including travel, serves as an huge threat to not only the U.S. Virgin Islands’ tourism product, but much of the Caribbean, with industry leaders meeting on multiple occasions previous year to discuss the potential impact.

Trump is challenging Cuba to negotiate better agreements for Americans, Cubans and those whose identities lie somewhere in between.

FILE – In this Friday, June 16, 2017, file photo President Donald Trump speaks about Cuba policy in Miami. They left under the guise of visiting a family member who lived in New Jersey with only the permitted $20 for the entire family.

1960: In response to Castro’s communist reforms, United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Cuba and imposes a trade embargo. We might face some new hurdles, particularly in terms of the transfer of money, but President Aoun has indicated that we will remain committed to broadening our commitments in Cuba and Latin America.

“U.S. tourist visit the private restaurants, they never eat at government- owned restaurants”. I have no doubt that we will continue to move forward no matter how many walls, real or imagined, Trump may try to build.

“A Cuban small businessman should not be obliged to buy from the only wholesaler that exists now, which is the state”, he said. Though it is not a complete reversal of Obama’s policy, Lee said the change will hurt both countries.