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US Commerce and Treasury departments today announced new regulations that modify aspects of sanctions against Cuba, among which are the use of the dollar in Cuban transactions and a significant travel relaxation for US citizens to visit Cuba.
In a joint press release, the two government institutions reported that Americans can now make personal and individual non-tourist travel to Cuba, instead of making them in groups.

“The simple basis of our policy is that by loosening these restrictions, we are better able to engage the Cuban people, to support them and to build bridges between our two countries,” the deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, said in a press call.

It was also announced today that the measures, which will take effect tomorrow when they are published in the Federal Register, will also allow banks to process Cuban government transactions that pass, even momentarily, for the US banking system


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