After 54 years, the United States and Cuba have formally restored full diplomatic relations.
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The hugely symbolic event has raised hopes and expectations in Havana: “For us, this is significant,” one man told reporters, “it’s important. I think it’s a decisive step towards normalising relations. As Cubans, we welcome this and are waiting to see what will happen from this point onwards.”
Cuba-US relations: a boost for trade?
Cubans are hoping the new era will give their country an economic boost.
However, a US economic embargo remains in place and can only be lifted by a vote in Congress.
The historic thaw in relations is also overshadowed by lingering disputes.Dozens of dissidents were arrested on Sunday during a regular march by the group known as the “Ladies in White” calling on the Cuban government to release its political prisoners.