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US-Cuba shipment heralds the beginning of a regular aid 'trade' between two old political enemies.
The first US ship to sail to Cuba in a half-century arrived in Havana has arrived, reported Reuters.
The Bolivian-flagged "Ana Cecilia" set sail from Miami -- home to a large Cuban community -- carrying aid packages and medicine, items not included in the 1960 US trade embargo, according to BBC News.
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The ship's arrival marks the first in what will be weekly Miami-Havana aid shipments thanks to a special dispensation obtained from the US Treasury, said BBC.
Under the Obama administration, the US has also eased travel restrictions and changed remittance laws to allow Cuban Americans -- a group representing 80 percent of the entire Cuban diaspora -- to send money to relatives in Cuba, reported Al Jazeera.
Despite US trade restrictions, America is Cuba’s second-largest food supplier, according to the US State Department.