The government of Nicaragua has lifted visa requirements for Cuban citizens. According to the Associated Press agency, this could increase the number of Cubans traveling there to reach the United States.
Nicaragua’s Ministry of the Interior released a statement on its website on Monday stating that the decision was made “to promote trade, tourism and a humane approach to family relations.”
The ministry said it had received numerous visa applications from Cubans with relatives in Nicaragua.
Many Cubans travel as far as South America to find their way overland to the US border. A flight to Nicaragua would significantly reduce the time and distance of such trips, AP wrote.
“Fake” presidential elections
The move came after the United States condemned the re-election of President Daniel Ortega on November 7.
Ortega has long been an ally of Cuba. Ortega officially won over 75 percent. votes in the elections, but the result could be no different after his government imprisoned seven of the top potential opposition candidates.
US President Joe Biden called the Nicaraguan elections “rigged” and assured that the US would use the tools at its disposal to hold the Nicaraguan government accountable.
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