As U.S., Cuba Re-Open Embassies, Barriers Remain

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By Jared Mondschein

July 1—The United States and Cuba will open embassies and restore official diplomatic ties, both governments announced July 1.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry said that the U.S. would open its embassy in Havana on July 20 but the U.S. announcement did not specify an opening date.

Despite the improved diplomatic ties, a congressionally-mandated embargo on Cuba bars major commercial ties from developing between the two countries.

A comprehensive and up to date overview of payroll issues in Cuba is available in the International Payroll Decision Support Network's Cuba country primer.

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President Obama's announce on the agreement with Cuba is available at:

The Cuban Foreign Ministry announcement on the agreement with the U.S. is available, in Spanish, at: