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Obama eases Cuba trade rules; allows more rum, cigar imports

A move by US President Barack Obama makes normalization now federal policy even though Congress has not lifted the fifty-year-old US trade embargo on CubaUS President Barack Obama on Friday sought to cement his administration’s rapprochement with Cuba, unveiling a new round of loosened trade rules, including lifting limits on rum and cigar imports. “This new directive consolidates and builds upon the changes we’ve already made, promotes transparency by being clear about our policy and intentions, and encourages further engagement between our countries and our people,” Obama said. The move makes normalization federal policy even though Congress has not lifted the fifty-year-old US trade embargo on Cuba, according to senior administration officials who spoke to reporters in a conference call.

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