President Obama is directing his administration to lift some restrictions that will allow Cuban Americans to travel more freely to Cuba. Cuban-Americans will also be allowed to send more money to relatives in Cuba. The decision does not lift the trade embargo on communist Cuba.
The move was officially announced at a news briefing Monday afternoon. Last month, Obama signed a spending bill that eases some economic sanctions on Cuba.
The president has indicated he would be open to dialogue with Cuba's leaders. But he has said that, like previous American presidents, he will only consider a full lifting of the embargo once Cuba's communist government makes significant moves such as the holding of democratic elections.
Cuba's President Raul Castro has said he is prepared to negotiate with the new U.S. administration, providing there are no preconditions.
The announcement comes as the president prepares to leave Thursday for the Summit of the America's in Trinidad and Tobago, and a stop in Mexico.
Meanwhile, the Miami Herald has some advice for anyone thinking of traveling to Cuba: take plenty of cash.
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