Obama has to make relations with Cuba irreversible: analyst

Barack Obama’s administration has the challenge of making relations with Cuba irreversible, according to international affairs journalist and analyst Reynaldo Taladrid.

(SOUNDBITE, Spanish) – Reynaldo Taladrid, Analyst from Cuban Television
“This administration has the challenge of making this process irreversible. Many people think it can be reversed if a Republican wins on Jan. 20, 2017. The challenge, and the government have said it themselves, is to make it irreversible.”

Regarding Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to the island on March 21 and 22, the expert said that as it is his last year as U.S. president, he should leave a legacy above all in terms of foreign policy, where so far he has not done so well.

(SOUNDBITE, Spanish) – Reynaldo Taladrid, Analyst for Cuban Television
“Apparently, one of the most important legacies that Obama will leave is reestablishing bilateral relations with Cuba. What other element could he add? Obama finds it very difficult to make progress in other parts of foreign policy, be it Syria, Iran, he has lots of opposition. With Cuba, he has almost 70 percent approval.”

For the Cubans, this visit will open up a new chapter in relations with Washington. Expectations are high. It is hoped that new measures will be announced such as the gradual breakdown of the trade blockade and Cuba-United States rapprochement, above all getting to know the Cuban reality.

With this view, Taladrid sees the following among the dangers; the normalization of relations is conditional and if one country imposes upon the other how to manage internal relations and imposes political models, the Cuban government could react defensively.

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