Trump’s new Cuba policy: What’s at stake for the island?

BBCWarmer ties with Cuba after almost 60 years of hostility was one of President Barack Obama’s main foreign policy legacies.

He and Cuban leader Raul Castro agreed to normalise diplomatic relations in December 2014 and in August 2015 the US re-opened its embassy in Havana, more than half a century after it had closed following Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution.

Now reports say that President Donald Trump may announce his new Cuba policy as soon as next Friday. Many are expecting a rollback on the détente including a tightening of the rules on travel and trade eased by the previous administration. …



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