Cuba to make it easier for Cuban Americans to visit

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez (L) is greeted by participants at 4th conference with Cuban residents in the United States at Howard University Hospital in Washington, U.S., October 28, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cuba will make it easier for its U.S.-based citizens to travel to the island, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Saturday, in a gesture to win support from Cuban Americans during a diplomatic crisis over allegations of mysterious health attacks.

“The U.S. government closes, and Cuba opens,” Rodriguez told a meeting of pro-Havana Cuban Americans in Washington.

He said Cuban citizens in the United States would no longer need to have a special review of their Cuban passports to rehabilitate them before travelling to the island.

Rodriguez said that procedure had become more difficult due to staff shortages at the Cuban embassy after the U.S. government expelled 15 Cuban diplomats this month due to the dispute over the mystery attacks on U.S. personnel in Cuba.

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