After 54 years, the United States and Cuba have formally restored full diplomatic relations.
As Cubans, we welcome this and are waiting to see what will happen from this point onwards
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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.