Cuba sees long struggle ahead before US lifts embargo

Cuba's President Raul Castro (left) speaks with his first vice-president Miguel Diaz Canel during a session of the National Assembly in Havana, Dec 20, 2014. Castro told parliament on Saturday the country faces a "long and difficult struggle" be
Cuba's President Raul Castro (left) speaks with his first vice-president Miguel Diaz Canel during a session of the National Assembly in Havana, Dec 20, 2014. Castro told parliament on Saturday the country faces a "long and difficult struggle" before the United States removes its economic embargo, despite the historic agreement this week to restore diplomatic ties. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HAVANA (REUTERS) - Cuban President Raul Castro told parliament on Saturday the country faces a "long and difficult struggle" before the United States removes its economic embargo, despite the historic agreement this week to restore diplomatic ties.

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday reset Washington's Cold War-era policy against Cuba, but he still needs the Republican-controlled Congress to lift the embargo.