U.S. Opening More Commerce Channels With Cuba
The Obama administration is relaxing some of the restrictions on travel to and business with Cuba, launching a new initiative that will allow American telecom companies to set up cell phone and other services on the island nation.
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The Wall Street Journal:
The move is part of an effort to open access to the Cuban people, the official said. The initiative will also include lifting of long-standing restrictions on family travel and remittances to the island, as previously reported. Family will be loosely defined as a third-degree relative, a definition that was in place during the Clinton administration that extends to second cousins. The money can go to any Cuban, unless he or she is a senior government official.
Under Bush administration rules, Cuban-Americans were permitted to travel to Cuba just once every three years.
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