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BBC英语新闻:古巴美国开始对话以期恢复外交关系

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奥巴马总统和劳尔·卡斯特罗宣布美国和古巴未来几个月将开始对话,希望能恢复两国间的外交关系。乔恩·Sopel在华盛顿报道。

bbc news with jerry smit.

president obama and president raul castro have announced that the united states and cuba would start talks in the next few months aimed of restoring diplomatic relations. jon sopel reports from washington.

“for over half a century since the world came to the brink of nuclear war over the siting of russian cruise missiles on the small caribbean island, relations with the u.s. have been in the deep freeze. but now cuba's prior status looks set to change, following this announcement from barack obama.

“we will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests, and instead, we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries.

it's hard to exaggerate the importance of the announcement from the president. every year, sanctions had been renewed on the grounds that cuba, in america's eyes, was a state sponsor of terrorism. trade bans were in place. diplomatic relations were broken off, travel severely restricted. but now, that is all set to change.”

president castro has urged the u.s. to end a five decades old economic embargo, saying it's done huge damage to cuba. the embargo could only be lifted with the approval of congress, which is controlled by the republicans. they have traditionally opposed any such a move. president obama said isolation had clearly failed and it did not serve anyone's interest to continue to push cuba towards collapse. but the house speaker john boehner said relations should not be normalized until cubans enjoyed freedom.

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