Obstacles remain despite restored US-Cuban ties

Cubans queue outside the US interests section in Havana to apply for visas, on July 1, 2015It spells out restrictions on trade and travel, Washington’s veto on Cuban participation in multilateral organizations and sanctions on US or foreign companies that invest in Cuba, among many other measures against Havana. When he announced last December that the United States would start talks with Cuba on restoring diplomatic ties, President Barack Obama said explicitly he wanted to see the embargo lifted, arguing it had failed in its intended goal of forcing change in Cuba. The other big stumbling block is settling the huge number of lawsuits filed in the United States over Havana’s seizure of property in Cuba in the 1960s.

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