President Obama: Reaching Out to Cuba


President Obama has directed the Secretaries of State, Treasury and Commerce in a recent press conference that was given in both English and Spanish to support actions to lift all restrictions on family visits and remittances to the island of Cuba by Cuban-Americans, as well as taking steps that will facilitate greater contact between separated family members in the United States and Cuba and increase the flow of information and humanitarian resources directly to the Cuban people.  According to an official White House press statement the following steps will be taken immediately:

In taking these steps the U.S. hopes to bridge the gap among divided Cuban families and promote democratic values such as the free flow of information and humanitarian initiatives as outlined in his presidential campaign and since taking office.

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