Two Mississippi ports sign deals with Cuba

Two Mississippi ports sign deals with Cuba

Two ports in Mississippi have signed deals to pave the way for possible improved business relations with Cuba, according to Reuters.

Details of the deals were not disclosed but the signings happened as a US delegation that includes six Congressmen is visiting Cuba.

In signing the deals the ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport followed the example of other eastern and southern US ports in Louisiana, Alabama and Virginia.

Relations between Cold War foes the US and Cuba began to thaw under previous US President Barack Obama beginning in December 2014.

Obama’s initiative saw the relaxation of parts of the US trade embargo on the communist island, an embargo which has been in place since the early 1960s.

It remains to be seen if President Donald Trump will continue along these lines of reconciliation or if he will seek to extract greater concessions from Cuba.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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