President Barack Obama has rescued his legacy from oblivion through the Cuban gateway, having concluded that the nuclear negotiations with Iran and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process will hit the wall of Republican resistance in and outside Congress. Obama closed the book on the old approach with Communist Cuba with his bid to restore diplomatic ties with the island nation after a half-century-long estrangement. Obama said: “These [past] 50 years have shown [that] isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach.” The historic détente in U.S.-Cuban relations followed a green light from Barack Obama for secret talks with Cuba in Canada, in which the Vatican played a key role through Pope Francis. Secret talks are not a new approach for the U.S. president. Obama had used this approach to initiate the nuclear talks with Iran. While this did not lead to a radical shift in U.S.-Iranian relations, it definitely led to a historical breakthrough after decades-long estrangement.
Normalization of relations
The timing of the announcement regarding the end of Cuba’s isolation drew criticisms from opponents, as it coincided with the slump in oil pricesRaghida Dergham