Engage Cuba Statement on Cuban Trade Delegation's Visit to the United States

WASHINGTON – Following the announcement by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Treasury that Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz will lead the largest delegation of Cuban officials to visit Washington, D.C. in decades from February 17-18 to conduct the second round of the U.S.-Cuba Regulatory Dialogue, James Williams, President of Engage Cuba, issued the following statement:

“Next week’s visit along with the restoration of the first U.S. commercial flights to Cuba in more than 50 years are important steps forwards in our policy of engagement and show what can be accomplished when there is meaningful, constructive dialogue between our two countries instead of the decades of isolationist policies that preceded it. Facilitating travel, the free flow of information, and commerce will allow the United States to better advance our interests and improve the lives of ordinary Cubans. More regulatory changes to engage in commerce with Cuba will open up opportunities for U.S. businesses to bring their products to a new market.”

“However, there is still more work to do. Now is the time for Washington to listen to the majority of Americans and Cuban people and fully end the outdated embargo.”

During his visit, Minister Malmierca will also have an official visit with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, the first visit to the Commonwealth by a Cuban government official of his ranking in more than 50 years.