RCI St. Lucia
posted on December 18, 2014 13:19
Saint Lucia's Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Dr. Kenny Anthony, has lauded the announcement that the United States and Cuba intend to pursue 'normalization' of relations after five decades of hostility.
Joint announcements were made in Washington and Havana on Wednesday, by US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, in which the two leaders laid the foundations for establishing what President Obama described as “a new chapter” in the history of the relationship between the United States and Cuba.
According to the Prime Minister, “this is a monumental and dramatic development. President Barack Obama has made a bold and courageous decision which will define his presidency for all time.”
As part of their resumption of diplomatic relations, the US and Cuba are holding talks towards reopening embassies in one another's capitals after half a century. High-level exchanges and visits between the governments are also planned. The US is easing travel bans to Cuba for family visits, government business and educational activities.
“The road ahead,” says Prime Minister Anthony, “will be long, winding and complex. Many will find President Obama’s decision difficult to digest. The final steps to end the embargo will not be easy, but at least it will be helped by the outpouring of support from leaders throughout the world.”