The administration of President Joe Biden lifted a series of flight restrictions imposed on Cuba under former President Donald Trump.
The US Transportation Department issued the order at the request of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who said the action was in support of the Cuban people, and the foreign policy interests of the United States.
According to Al Jazeera, the White House had announced in May that it would expand more flights as a part of a broader policy revision toward Cuba.
Independent News reported that the White House said the steps would loosen restrictions on US travelers to the island and lift restrictions on money that immigrants can send to people in Cuba.
The US government said it would reinstate the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program, which reportedly has a backlog of over 20,000 applications, and expand consular services.
“With these actions, we aim to support Cubans’ aspirations for freedom and greater economic opportunities so that they can lead successful lives at home,” state department spokesperson Ned Price said.
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