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Just as he promised during his campaign for the 2020 elections, when Joe Biden said he would return to the thaw with Cuba started by Barack obamanow announced that it will restore commercial flights to the Island and suspend the limit of 1,000 dollars per quarter on remittances
With this announcement, he reverses some of the harshest measures of his predecessor Donald Trump.
The spokesman for the United States Foreign Ministry, Ned Price explained in a statement that the measures seek to show support for the Cuban people and give them tools to achieve a “free life” outside the “oppression” of the Government of their country. and to help them seek better economic opportunities.
Price reiterated his appeal to the Cuban Executive to release “immediately” the “political prisoners” and respect the fundamental rights of its people.
Specifically, Washington announced Monday that it will restore both commercial and charter flights. and that it will allow some types of travel that Trump had restricted, such as those for educational or professional-related purposes.
will also leave the trips of groups of Americans destined to make contacts with the Cuban people, known in English as “people to people travel“, but individual visits of this kind will continue to be prohibited.
Until now, US airlines could only fly to Havana, leaving Cuban-Americans with few options to visit relatives in other parts of the island.
In 2019, the Trump administration prohibited commercial flights from its territory to all Cuban cities with the exception of Havana and, in August 2020, it went further by suspending private charter flights to all airports on the island, including the capital.
Finally, the State Department announced that it will increase its support for Cuban entrepreneurs with authorizations to access electronic commerce platforms, among other actions.
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