President Obama said that the United States is renewing its leadership in the Americas and stated that he has taken additional measures aimed at supporting the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country’s future.
President Obama said that the United States can do more to support the Cuban people, and promote our values, through engagement.
In closing, President Obama said, “Change is hard –- in our own lives, and in the lives of nations…[W]e are making these changes because it is the right thing to do.”
In a statement, the Secretary said, “Today’s step also reflects our firm belief that the risk and the cost of trying to turn the tide is far lower than the risk and cost of remaining stuck in an ideological cement of our own making.”
President Obama speaks with President Raúl Castro of Cuba before announcing his #CubaPolicy: go.wh.gov/uyLvUE http://t.co/dJMxK2IAor—
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