United States: Joe Biden restores flights to Cuba and removes limits on remittances |  Cuba considered it "positive but very limited"

United States: Joe Biden restores flights to Cuba and removes limits on remittances | Cuba considered it “positive but very limited”

the United States President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he would restore commercial flights to Cuba.which only reached the city of Havana, and which will suspend the $1,000 per quarter limit on remittancesundoing some of the toughest measures of the Donald Trump administration. The Cuban government considered that the measures announced by the United States are “positive” but of “very limited scope”.

The news was released by State Department and Portfolio spokesman Ned Price. “With these actions we intend to support Cubans’ aspirations for freedom and greater economic opportunity so that they can lead a successful life at home. We continue to call on the Cuban government to immediately release political prisoners, respect the basic freedoms of the people, and allow them to determine their own future,” Price said in an official statement.

Thus, it was clarified that commercial flights and charter flights will be restored and that he will authorize some for certain purposes, such as those for educational purposes or related to professional purposes, that former President Trump had restricted

Travel of groups of Americans destined to come into contact with the Cuban people, known in English as “people travel from person to person“, but individual visits of this type will remain 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.

Likewise, the department commanded by Anthony Blinken announced that will increase its support for Cuban entrepreneurs with authorizations to access e-commerce platformsamong other actions.

The policy change comes after an internal review within the Biden administration, after July 11 anti-government protests on the island.

After the friction, representatives from the United States and Cuba met in Washington in April to discuss migration issues, in the first high-level dialogue between the two countries since Biden took over the White House.

The Cuban response

the Cuban government I consider that the measures announced they are “positive” but “very limited in scope”. This was expressed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement stating that the measures will include issues related to visas, regular migration, flights to provinces, remittances and adjustments of regulations for transactions with the sector. “non-state”.

“It is possible to identify some of President Biden’s promises during the 2020 election campaign to mitigate the inhumane decisions made by the administration of President (Donald) Trump, which has tightened the blockade to unprecedented levels and the policy of ‘maximum pressure’ applied against our country since then”, indicates the press release.

Cuba considers that the announcements of the American executive “they do not modify the lock in any way” towards their country, nor do they eliminate the main economic measures taken by Trump.

“This does not reverse the arbitrary and fraudulent inclusion of Cuba on the State Department’s list of alleged sponsors of terrorism, one of the main causes of the difficulties that Cuba encounters for its commercial and financial transactions in many regions of the world. “says the text.

For the government led by Miguel Díaz-Canel, this is “a limited step in the right direction” which responds “to the denunciation of the Cuban people and government”.

“This is a demand of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and almost all United Nations member states, expressed during the overwhelming vote against the blockade. These are just requests that have been ignored by the United States government at a very high cost to our people,” he says.

In addition, the Cuban government claims to have “provisionto “engage in a respectful and equal dialogue” with the United States.


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