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21 June 2017, 02:12 | Audrey Hill
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The only buyer of US agricultural goods in Cuba is called Alimport, a state-run entity that isn't connected to the business arm of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, known as GAESA.
Kristen DeAngelo of Dream Excapes believes the US should keep its ties with Cuba for two positive reasons: "Americans will still be able to visit and understand the true culture and way of life for the Cuban people and the tourist visitation in Cuba will increase the overall economy of the country and its people".
However, the Cuban government is not interested Trump and his demands.
Bishop Cantu in his statement reiterated the church's stance against the embargo, saying that "for decades, we have called for the U.S.travel ban and embargo against Cuba to be lifted". That declaration was not quite true, since there was no single deal to cancel.
It won't even halt American tourism, or put new limits on their right to bring home endanger popular, and until recently, illegal, Cuban souvenirs like rum and cigars.
GAESA reportedly has a wide-ranging reach that extends into many facets of the Cuban economy, and thus this provision is likely to require more nuanced licensing and compliance assessments and may impose a more onerous burden on U.S. persons considering entering into otherwise-allowable transactions with Cuba. America's relationship with Cuba has been long, complex, and guided for a long time by titanic global geopolitical affairs.
"The Trump administration's plans to prohibit commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the military and intelligence services won support form 43 percent of respondents, while 25 percent opposed and 33 percent said they were not sure".
Some study overseas and academic exchange will continue to be allowed under the rule change, as 12 categories of travel to Cuba - including some educational activities and professional research and meetings - will remain permissible.
"The Cuban government must be urged to respect religious freedoms and to extend greater social, political and economic rights to all Cubans", he said.
He said the president is correct that serious human rights concerns remain.
At the same time, Bishop Cantu suggested the president look to Pope Francis.
"It is important to continue to promote dialogue and encounter between our neighboring nations and peoples", Bishop Cantu said.
Bishop Cantu is about to depart for a pastoral visit to Cuba at the invitation of the Cuban bishops.
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