New Idaho council seeks to end Cuba embargo

Associated Press

By: Kimberlee Kruesi

Idaho's top business, agricultural and government leaders are joining the fight to end the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

According to a recently formed advocacy group, lifting the 50-year-old trade embargo could be an economic boon to the Gem State, but that won't happen without help from the business community and legislators.

Engage Cuba on Thursday in Boise announced the launch of Engage Cuba Idaho State Council. So far, 10 other groups have been formed in other states. The Idaho council is a group of state agriculture, business, finance, manufacturing, education and government officials who seek to build congressional support for lifting the embargo.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter is chairing the group.

Only Congress can lift the embargo, but it's unknown when that might happen.