Baja Ferries, which runs passenger ferries in Mexico, received a license from the U.S. Treasury Department, an initial step in starting service between the two countries.
Another important step has yet to be taken, however. An attorney for Baja Ferries said the company has yet to request Cuba's approval. According to an Associated Press brief on the topic, the attorney said he is optimistic that the service would allow an increase in trade and travel between the two countries.
Meanwhile, the Cuban government has yet to comment on the news and it is not a certainty that the Castro regime is willing to allow a major new channel for the movement of people and goods between the two countries.
In December of last year, President Obama unveiled a 13-point plan to reestablish relations with Cuba. Obama said his plan would renew U.S. leadership in the Americas, end the outdated approach on Cuba, and promote more effective change that supports the Cuban people and our national security interests.
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“Though this policy has been rooted in the best of intentions, it has had little effect – today, as in 1961, Cuba is governed by the Castros and the Communist party,” Obama continued. “We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. It does not serve America’s interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse.”
Read more about the details of that plan here.
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