U.S. and Cuba Relations Thaw


By: Janet Adkinson

A bipartisan organization working to end the Cuban embargo is on hand during President Barrack Obama’s visit to the island nation this week.

Engage Cuba’s Lee Ann Evens recently joined us in RFD-TV’s Washington, DC news bureau to discuss the progress that’s already happened between the two countries.

"Since Dec. 17, 2014," Evens said, "we’ve seen some really important movement in terms of civil aviation agreements, environmental agreements we’ve had the reestablishing of diplomatic relations and the reopening of embassies as well as a lot of high level delegation visits between the two countries."

There are still barriers in selling U.S. farm goods to Cuba, but the relationship has eased.  It now allows the exchange of agriculture goods that are not considered commodities, like herbicides or other products used in agriculture production.

"The agriculture component is still codified into law," Evens continued, "so there are some bills that have been proposed in the house and the senate to lift those restrictions, or prohibitions on extending credit to Cuba for agricultural goods so we’re working to get that changed, we’re also working to change the travel ban."

There have been four rounds of regulatory amendments to the Cuba sanctions program with the most recent taking place last week.  President Obama’s tour of the small nation is the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the country since 1928.