US eases sanctions on Cuba
The United States announced the easing sanctions on Cuba in order to facilitate the exchange of medical research and the opening of places to buy cigarettes and Cuban rum.
US President Barack Obama said in a statement, Friday, October 14 / October: "The challenges still exist and the actual differences between our governments going on about democracy and human rights issues, but I believe that our commitment is the best way to address these differences and make progress."
According to Jacob Lu, US Treasury secretary, this new stage in the rapprochement between the former enemies during the Cold War, "it can open up more opportunities for Cubans and Americans," pointing out that the economic and financial embargo imposed in 1962 and which can not be lifted only by a decision of Congress in Washington, It remains.
Under the new measures the Americans will be able to conduct joint research with the Cuban medical scientific or commercial purposes and open bank accounts on the island within the framework of these activities. It also allows access to drugs manufactured in Cuba and sold in the US market.
And it expanded the Treasury Department is also scope to grant Cubans subsidies and grants to finance scientific research or "religious activities." In addition to providing services to Cubans for the development and reform and improve the infrastructure, "which directly benefit the population."
Obama visited the communist island last March to become the first US president to visit Cuba since 1959.
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