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    Major factor for improving US-Cuba relations would be lifting a commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed by the United States, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Saturday.

    PANAMA (Sputnik) — The announcement was made at a press conference after talks of US President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro ahead of the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of Western hemisphere countries. The event started on Friday evening and lasted until April 11.

    "Lifting the blockade [embargo] is essential to move forward in order to normalize [US-Cuba] relations."

    According to Rodriguez, the Cuban side expects more steps to be done for improving bilateral relations and is working with Washington on reopening diplomatic missions in both countries.

    US President Barack Obama (L) and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro shake hands as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (R) looks on, before the inauguration of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City April 10, 2015.
    © REUTERS / Panama Presidency/Handout via Reuters
    A thaw in US-Cuba relations began in December 2014 after Obama announced that the United States would seek to normalize its relations with Cuba, including the restoration of diplomatic relations, the lifting of trade, visa restrictions as well as reopening a US embassy in Havana.

    Washington is expected to lift the trade embargo imposed on Cuba in the 1960s, introduced after the nationalization of over $1 billion-worth of US assets on the island.

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