HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 3 – Fresh off his week long visit to Havana, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson sees negotiations taking place in 2010 between the United States and Cuba on the lifting of the nearly 50-year economic embargo Washington has maintained against the island.
Richardson, who said he would make a report to Obama on his trip that included meetings with high-ranking Cuban authorities, also told CNN that Cuba needs to make reciprocal gestures of opening to those of President Obama.
In April, Obama issued an order allowing Cuban-Americans to travel freely to Cuba and send money to relatives. Nonetheless, the travel ban on ordinary US citizens is still in force as is the embargo that seeks to hurt the island’s already struggling economy.