Obama administration: Mail talks with Cuba 'not a signal of anything' bigger


She said the 1992 Cuban Democracy Act stipulates that “The United States Postal Service shall take such actions as are necessary to provide direct mail service to and from Cuba.”

“This is something that the U.S. has felt would be a positive step for the Cuban people,” Psaki said. “We felt it was in our interest.”

Obama lifted travel and remittance restrictions on Cuban-Americans during his first term but kept in place most of the elements of the decades-old U.S. embargo. The State Department kept its designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism in its latest annual report, released last month.

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