Obama says normalization offers best chance to influence Cuba

U.S. President Obama answers questions after his end of the year press conference in the briefing room of the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Normalized relations with Cuba will give the United States its best chance to influence the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Friday, and he urged Congress to ease the U.S. economic embargo against Havana. Obama, who announced on Wednesday that Washington was restoring diplomatic relations with Havana, said the historic end of decades of hostility between the two countries would not bring quick changes but ultimately would lead to greater freedom for the Cuban people. …

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