Biden policy on Cuba remittances needs more work -U.S. official

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Security guards look connected arsenic they basal defender extracurricular the U.S. Embassy successful Havana, Cuba, October 25, 2021. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) - The White House received recommendations from a authorities moving radical connected restarting remittances to Cuba but sent immoderate backmost for further enactment to guarantee that wealth sent by Cuban Americans to families connected the land does not autumn into the hands of the Cuban government, a elder U.S. authoritative said connected Friday.

U.S. President Joe Biden had asked the Treasury and State departments successful July to study backmost connected however to let remittance payments - a fiscal lifeline for galore Cubans - without the Cuban authorities and subject profiting.

The Biden medication has slapped sanctions connected Cuban officials and information forces successful effect to Havana's crackdown connected protesters successful July.

Strict limits connected remittances were imposed by erstwhile President Donald Trump, who rolled backmost the historical rapprochement that his predecessor, Barack Obama, oversaw betwixt the United States and its aged Cold War foe.

Biden, who served arsenic Obama's vice president, had promised during the 2020 statesmanlike run to re-enage with Cuba's communist government.

But relations person remained tense, particularly since protests erupted successful July amid terrible economical situation and a surge successful coronavirus infections astatine the time. Thousands took to the streets, aggravated implicit shortages of basal goods, curbs connected civilian liberties, and the authorities' handling of the pandemic, and scores were arrested.

"We person received the recommendations of the State Department-Treasury Remittance Working Group," the elder Biden medication authoritative told reporters portion declining to connection details connected those ideas.

"We've sent immoderate of those backmost due to the fact that because ... what the president has said publically is that we are consenting to restart remittance flows, but privation to guarantee that ... the Cuban subject is not deriving payment from from that," the authoritative added.

The authoritative said Biden has instructed his aides to make a "third way" that is "tough connected the authorities and brushed connected the Cuban people." The medication is consulting with Democrats and Republicans arsenic good arsenic the Cuban exile community, the authoritative said.

Biden officials are mindful that immoderate easing of restrictions connected Cuba could pb to governmental fallout from blimpish Cuban Americans. They marque up a ample voting bloc successful southbound Florida and mostly backed Trump's pugnacious policies toward Havana, helping him to triumph the important plaything authorities - though helium mislaid the predetermination to Biden.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Trevor Hunnicutt Editing by Frances Kerry

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