Engage Cuba Applauds MS Gov. for Encouraging White House to Start Dialogue with Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, James Williams, President of Engage Cuba, a national coalition working to lift the Cuban embargo, applauded Governor Phil Bryant (R-MS) for urging the Trump Administration to start a dialogue with Cuba following a trip to Cuba.

"We're thrilled Governor Bryant visited Cuba to evaluate the shared opportunities for Americans and Cubans," said President of Engage Cuba, James Williams. "The Governor is right that it is no longer the 1960s, and it is time for the United States and Cuba to move forward. As the Trump Administration undergoes a U.S.-Cuba policy review, we hope President Trump will listen to Governor Bryant and his supporters in Mississippi and across the country and engage with Cuba."

In addition to Gov. Bryant's trip to Cuba, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) led a congressional delegation to Cuba in Feb. of this year. During his visit, two Mississippi ports, Gulfport and Pascagoula, signed agreements with Cuba to expand future cooperation in shipping. 

Engage Cuba launched its Mississippi State Council in Jackson, Mississippi on June 29, 2016. The council, which is made up of agriculture, business, manufacturing, health care, education and government leaders from across the state, will build statewide support for Congressional action to end the travel and trade ban on Cuba. Engage Cuba has launched 16 state councils.