By Ian Katusiime
US President Barack Obama yesterday announced sweeping changes aimed at restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba. After more than 50 years of hostility and tension towards each other, US and Cuba yesterday announced that they were holding talks aimed at normalising diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Both Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro gave speeches yesterday announcing the landmark changes in relations between the two nations. Obama said “We will end an out-dated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and we will instead begin to normalise relations between our two countries”
The historic deal came after a prisoner swap negotiated by Pope Francis. The two leaders also revealed that the two countries will go ahead and open embassies in the respective couples in a few months’ time.