Finally Cuba and the United States begin talk to normalize diplomatic relations, which will push away sanctions the U.S. has placed on Cuba for decades.
Since Fidel Castro overtook Cuba’s government for close to 53-years, U.S.-Cuba relations has not been good is an understatement. But now with the release of Cuba’s American prisoner, Alan Gross, and the freeing of three Cubans jailed in the U.S., who were part of the Cuban 5 – and 16 other American and Cuban prisoners – indicates a new direction between both nations.
The Associated Press reports that Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said the two countries are moving to normalize banking and trade ties. Rubio also said the U.S. is looking to open an embassy in Havana in a few months, reports the AP.
“This is going to do absolutely nothing to further human rights and democracy in Cuba,” said the Cuban-American Rubio to the AP.
“But it potentially goes a long way in providing the economic lift that the Castro regime needs to become permanent fixtures in Cuba for generations to come.”
According to an anonymous U.S. official, Pope Francis helped start the talks and played a key role in finalizing certain policies that would help U.S.-Cuba diplomacy, reported USA Today.
Small gestures hinted on U.S.-Cuba collaborations to mend differences. President Obama’s handshake with President Raul Castro, Fidel Castro’s younger brother, during Nelson Mandela’s funeral, was a sign of great respect between the two leaders. However, recent reports on the United States Agency of International Development’s program to infiltrate Cuba’s hip-hop scene to trigger a youth rebellion were recent signs that these two countries might never meet eye to eye. Fortunately, even if they don’t see eye to eye – their talks, policy changes and the releasing of prisoners will provide a more diplomatic future for both countries.