Hours before the arrival of the highest-level U.S. delegation to Cuba in decades on Tuesday, a senior Cuban official said restoring diplomatic ties with the U.S. wont immediately lead to a full relationship with the island nation.
Alan Gross, who returned home in December after five years of being jailed in Cuba, will have a prime viewing spot for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.
A delegation of congressional Democrats is expected back in the U.S. Monday after a weekend trip to Cuba.
The first group of U.S. political leaders visited Cuba on Saturday to discuss expectations for the normalization of relations between the United States and the island nation.
Since the U.S. government eased travel restrictions on Cuba, Florida has been in the spotlight for obvious reasons. Not to let his state be out shined, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning a trip to the island nation.
As Friday marked the start of eased travel restrictions between the United State and Cuba, the biggest difference was seen in the international arrivals area, where passengers carried alcohol and tobacco products brought over from the communist island.
The U.S.’s ease on travel and trade restrictions has had an effect on South Florida’s travel industry from those boarding the planes to those selling the tickets.
Federal officials announced changes to travel and trade restrictions for Cuba which have been in place for over 50 years.
Mike Fernandez likes to show off his home. Not his multi-million dollar waterfront mansion in Coral Gables. He’d rather talk about the small home where he grew up in Cuba.
As part of December’s history-making deal between the United States and Cuba, 53 political prisoners were released, the Obama administration said Monday.