MIAMI, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Incoming U.S. President Barack Obama plans further moves to relax restrictions on contacts with Cuba than he promised during the campaign, sources say.
A unnamed senior Republican aide in Washington who recently returned from Cuba told Monday's Miami Herald that Obama is likely to go beyond his stated goals of allowing Cuban-Americans to send money without restrictions and to travel to the island as often as they want to visit relatives.
The official told the newspaper the incoming U.S. administration will likely make travel easier in both directions for academics, artists, scientists and students, adding there will also probably be changes in the regulations on agricultural sales to facilitate payment for merchandise.
"Most likely there will not be an end to the embargo," the aide said. "But very likely there will be more than what was articulated."
Obama's transition team declined to elaborate on Cuba strategy to the Herald, saying only that the president-elect has already addressed it.