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U.S.-Cuba Agree to Re-establish Diplomatic Ties
Dec 20, 2014

The United States and Cuba made a historic breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off, moving to revive diplomatic ties and launch measures to ease a five-decade U.S. trade embargo. In the wake of a prisoner exchange, President Barack Obama said the United States is ready to review trade ties and to re-open its embassy in communist Cuba that has been closed since 1961. Cuba’s President Raul Castro said in Havana that the former enemies had agreed to re-establish diplomatic ties after more than half a century.

The breakthrough came after Cuba released jailed U.S. contractor Alan Gross and a Cuban who spied for Washington and had been held for 20 years—and whom was called one of the most important U.S. agents in Cuba. The United States in turn released three Cuban spies and had instructed the U.S. State Department to re-examine its designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Barack Obama said, we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalise relations between our two countries. Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas.

The United States imposed a trade embargo against Cuba—the Cold War foe closest to its shores—in 1960 and the two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 1961. The embargo hurt the Caribbean island state’s economy, but it failed to unseat the Communist Governments led by the Castro brothers.


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