Cuba to make it easier for Cuban Americans to visit


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuba will make it easier for its U.S.-based citizens to travel to the island, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Saturday, in a gesture to win support from Cuban Americans during a diplomatic crisis over allegations of mysterious health attacks.

FILE PHOTO -A child is seen in front of a house adorned with flags of U.S. and Cuba on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

“The U.S. government closes, and Cuba opens,” Rodriguez told a meeting of pro-Havana Cuban Americans in Washington.

He said Cuban citizens in the United States would no longer need to have a special review of their Cuban passports to rehabilitate them before traveling to the island.

Rodriguez said that procedure had become more difficult due to staff shortages at the Cuban embassy after the U.S. government expelled 15 Cuban diplomats this month due to the dispute over the mystery attacks on U.S. personnel in Cuba.

“It’s unacceptable and…

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