In its main headline, the newspaper reported measures such as the increase in U.S. flights to Cuba to relax restrictions on U.S. travelers to the island, and lifting the limitations imposed by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) on remittances that Cuban immigrants can send to the Caribbean nation.
But he immediately clarified that this is a limited step, although in the right direction, which do not modify in any way the blockade imposed by Washington for more than 60 years.
The Biden administration will also take measures to reinstate the Cuban Family Reunification Permit Program, which has a backlog of more than 20,000 applications, and will increase consular services and visa processing.
However, he clarified, it does not eliminate the main economic measures taken by Trump, who annulled the rapprochement achieved during Barack Obama’s administration.
It does not reverse the arbitrary and fraudulent inclusion of Cuba in the State Department’s list of countries that allegedly sponsor terrorism, one of the main causes of the difficulties Cuba faces in its commercial and financial transactions in many parts of the world, he told the newspaper, citing the Cuban Foreign Ministry.
He added that in order to know the real scope of this announcement, it will be necessary to wait for the publication of the regulations that will determine its application and stressed Cuba’s willingness to initiate a respectful and equal negotiation with the United States.