Thursday, September 17, 2009
The US trade and economic embargo against Cuba was extended for another year by the United States President Barack Obama.
Caribbean leaders have been among global leaders pushing for an end to the almost half century embargo against the Spanish-speaking country.
The extension came even as President Obama has been reaching out to Havana by easing travel and financial restriction on Americans with relatives in Cuba.
The US federal rules regulating what gifts and how much cash can be sent to Cuba finally became official five months after Obama announced a loosening of restrictions.
In April, President Obama lifted caps on Cuban-American travel to the island and on the money that can be sent to relatives as part of a broader campaign to warm long-chilled relations between the two nations.
Meanwhile, Ral Castro administration in Cuba has described the United States position cosmetic.
This is a cosmetic coat of paint slapped over brutal US sanctions, said the Cuban government in a statement.