- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Here are the main changes in U.S. trade and financial sanctions on Cuba as outlined by the White House:

_ Lift all restrictions on visits by Americans to family members in Cuba. That means there will be no limit on the frequency of visits, previously restricted to once every three years.

_ Remove restrictions on money transfers to family members in Cuba. Continuing current policy, no remittances are authorized to members of the Cuban government or members of the Communist party.

_ Authorize U.S. telecommunications companies to seek to do business in Cuba. This includes allowing network providers to enter into agreements to establish fiber-optic cable and satellite telecommunications facilities linking the United States and Cuba.

_ Expand the scope of humanitarian donations eligible for export to Cuba. Restore clothing, personal hygiene items, seeds, veterinary medicines and supplies, fishing equipment and supplies, and soap-making equipment to the list of items eligible to be included in gift parcel donations.

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