As we predicted last week, the Castro regime has just announced the extension of its consular services in the U.S. until February 2014.
According to the regime, M&T Bank has decided to "extend" its deadline for terminating Cuba's banking services.
However, we don't know whether this is indeed true, whether it results from U.S. government pressure or whether February 2014 was the actual deadline all along.
What we did (and do) know is that the Castro regime was never going to sacrifice the hundreds of millions it reaps from holiday travel to Cuba.
But it was an opportunity to try to coerce the U.S. government that it couldn't pass up.
Note to State: Want to see American hostage Alan Gross immediately released?
From Cuban state media:
Cuba Announces Reestablishment of Consular Services in the US till February
The Cuban Interests Section in Washington announced the reestablishment of consular services until February 17.
According to an announcement published on Granma newspaper, on December 6, the M and T Bank informed the Interests Section of its decision to extend till March 1, 2014 the deadline of the definitive closing of the banking account of the Cuban office, explaining that the deposits for consular services will still be received until February 17, 2014.
The Cuban Interests Section continues to look for a new bank that takes its banking operations to definitively normalize its consular services. The office regrets any inconveniences brought about by the suspension of consular services on November 26, 2013 either for Cuban or US citizens, the announcement reads.
at 10:24 AM Monday, December 9, 2013
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