Obama: U.S. ending outdated approach to Cuba

Author: Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) – The plans by President Barack Obama to move toward normalized relations with Cuba are sweeping.

Obama is looking to expand economic ties with Cuba, open an embassy in Havana, and review that country’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. The U.S. is also easing restrictions on travel to Cuba — but tourist travel will still be banned.

Obama says the U.S. intends to create more opportunities for Americans and Cubans to work together.

He says the U.S. is ending an outdated approach to Cuba that has failed to advance U.S. interests.

The developments follow more than a year of secret discussions between the U.S. and Cuban officials. The talks happened in Canada and the Vatican and included personal involvement by Pope Francis.

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