April 6th, 2009
04:00 PM ET
5 years ago

New Cuba travel rules could come within 10 days

 Before he was elected president, Obama promised to ease restrictions Cuban-American travel to visit family in the island nation.
Before he was elected president, Obama promised to ease restrictions Cuban-American travel to visit family in the island nation.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama administration sent a fresh signal Monday that new rules on family travel and remittances to Cuba are coming soon, and may be announced before President Obama attends the Summit of the Americas on April 17.

Before he was elected president, Obama promised to ease restrictions Cuban-American travel to visit family in the island nation, and ability to send those relatives money. He will sit down with 33 of his fellow leaders at the summit in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

The White House adviser for the summit, Jeffrey Davidow, would not say Monday when the Obama administration might announce the easing of the restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba. "I really could not say," he said. "But I would not be surprised if it came before the summit… they're going to happen, I can't tell you exactly when."
Davidow also said he hoped that discussions of Cuba would not dominate the summit. "It would be unfortunate if the principal theme of this meeting turned out to be Cuba… I think there are a lot of very important issues that warrant discussion, whether it is economic issues, social inclusion, the environment, public safety," Davidow said at a State Department briefing.

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