WASHINGTON – James Williams, President of Engage Cuba, released the following statement following today’s press conference at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Press Center on the ongoing talks between Washington and Havana:
"Just five months after the historic shift in Cuba policy, this week’s high-level diplomatic talks show exactly why engagement was necessary after 54-years of isolation. It is clear that significant differences exist between our countries, but the only way to move forward on them is to sit down face-to-face and firmly make it clear where we stand. We should also continue to unilaterally move forward, letting Americans make their own decisions on where they travel and letting American businesses do what they do best, innovate.”
“Today’s talks are a reminder that America’s presence isn’t a concession, it is a show of strength and the best way to promote our values and create opportunities for both Americans and the Cuban people. Now Congress should do its job and lift the travel and trade ban so that we stop waiting and begin connecting with and investing in the Cuban people."