Well now, this was unexpected:
President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America’s ‘‘outdated approach’’ to the communist island in a historic shift aimed at ending a half-century of Cold War enmity.
Wednesday’s announcements followed more than a year of secret talks between the U.S. and Cuba, including clandestine meetings in Canada and the Vatican and personal involvement from Pope Francis. The re-establishment of diplomatic ties was accompanied by Cuba’s release of American Alan Gross and the swap of a U.S. spy held in Cuba for three Cubans jailed in Florida.
Cuba has a dictatorship but it’s not the worst one in the world, including many countries that we do have diplomatic relations and trade with. Hopefully this will lead to improvements in Cuba.