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Weekly Report - 23 May 2019 (WR-19-20)

Cuba suffers repercussions of Venezuelan crisis

Cuba’s President Miguel Díaz-Canel and the leader of the Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC), Raúl Castro, met Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, in Havana on 21 May. The Cuban government announced widespread rationing on basic staples last week in a further sign that the Venezuelan crisis is taking its toll on Cuba. This is something the US government is seeking to exploit to increase pressure on the Cuban government, most recently by lifting the suspension of Title III of the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, allowing lawsuits in US courts against foreign companies doing business in Cuba over property expropriated after the Cuban Revolution.

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