It was a historic day at Havana’s Latinoamericano Stadium on Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Rays playing the Cuban national team in an exhibition game with presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro among the 50,000 strong audience.
US President Barack Obama called for political and economic reforms in Cuba in an impassioned plea to the island’s Communist government.
“We have started to take steps to build a relationship of a new kind, one that has never existed before between Cuba and the United States”, he said.
“It does facilitate commerce between the countries, however, such financial transactions remain limited to business dealings that are authorized by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) through a general or specific license”, said Peter Quinter, head of the customs and worldwide trade law group at Florida-based law firm Gray Robinson. His speech was aimed not only at Cuba’s 11 million citizens, but at 1.6 Cuban-Americans back home. “What changes come will depend on the Cuban people“.
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