“It does not serve America’s interests or the Cuban people to try to push Cuba towards collapse,” Mr Obama said from the White House. “Even if that worked – and it hasn’t for 50 years – we know from hard-earned experience that countries are more likely to enjoy lasting transformation if their people are not subjected to chaos,” he said of the 50-year embargo the US has maintained against Cuba.
Cuban President Raul Castro told his people in a televised statement, “This decision of President Obama deserves the respect and acknowledgement of our people.
“The progress attained in the interchange shows it is possible to find solutions to many problems. As we have repeated we should learn the art of coexistence in a civilised manner with our differences.”