Pulse.ng logo
Go

Alan Gross Cuba releases US prisoner after 5 years

Alan Gross, a contractor, was released on Wednesday, December 17 as part of a prisoner exchange deal between Cuba and the US.

  • Published:
US contractor, Alan Gross (pictured) has been freed by the Cuban government after 5 years in captivity play

US contractor, Alan Gross (pictured) has been freed by the Cuban government after 5 years in captivity

(AP)
US President Barack Obama shares a handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela in December 2013 play

US President Barack Obama shares a handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro at a memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela in December 2013

(Reuters)

An American citizen, who had been detained by the Cuban government since 2009, has been freed.

Alan Gross, a contractor, was released on Wednesday, December 17 as part of a prisoner exchange deal between Cuba and the US.

The move followed an agreement reached by US President, Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro to end decades of hostility between the two countries.

The deal was heralded with a one-hour phone call between Obama and Castro on Tuesday before the arrangement was formally announced on Wednesday.

President Obama also announced that travel and economic restrictions between Cuba and the US would be eased after 18 months of secret talks facilitated by Canada and the Vatican.

Cuba is also said to have freed a US intelligence source who had been detained for more than 20 years while the US released three Cuban intelligence agents who were convicted of espionage in 2001.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.