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NFTC & USA*Engage Statement on Reestablishment of Embassies in Cuba and the United States
Date: 6/30/2015
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, (202) 822-9491

Washington DC. – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and USA*Engage today released the following statement:

"Last week in Cuba we observed a desire for closer economic and diplomatic relations from the Cuban government and the Cuban people. This announcement brings the United States and Cuba an important step closer to normalizing relations," said Jake Colvin, Vice President for Global Trade Issues, NFTC. "President Obama, Secretary Kerry and a number of congressional leaders deserve great credit for enabling a new day for relations with Cuba. We look forward to working with the Obama Administration and Congress to remove remaining impediments to normal economic relations."

"This is a momentous and critical step forward in U.S.-Cuba relations. We applaud the Administration and key members of Congress for all of their continued efforts to restore normalized relations," said Richard Sawaya, Vice President, USA*Engage.


About USA*Engage
USA*Engage ( is a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. Established in 1997 and organized under the National Foreign Trade Council (, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy worldwide.

About the NFTC
Serving America's Global Businesses Since 1914 - The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules- based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves hundreds of member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.
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