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Delaware delegation to seek trade relations with Cuba

Havana, Jan 26 (Prensa Latina) There is much to be done for better trade relations between Cuba and the United States if we lift restrictions in force, Michael T. Scuse, Delaware Agriculture Commissioner, pointed out.

We are not responsible for what happened 60 years ago, but we are responsible for what happens from now on and there are some issues that can be solved, added Jeffrey W. Bullock, Delaware Secretary of State, while referring to the origins of the economic blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba.

Both U.S. officials lead a high-level Delaware delegation which arrived in Cuba earlier this week so as to strengthen trade relations in agriculture and seek solutions to obstacles limiting bilateral trade.

During a Thursday´s press conference at the Grand Aston Hotel, Mr. Scuse stated the economic blockade is a decision imposed over 60 years ago and it is time for policies to change. Hopefully we can help those changes.

First step could be to lift current restrictions and return to regulations in place during President Barack Obama’s term.

“There are openings to increase trade in agriculture and beyond, to surge collaboration between ministries and universities, we will go back home to share results of this visit and assess all the areas where we can link up,” Scuse said.

Bullock, on the other hand, stressed his travel to Cuba made it possible to identify major drawback to trade and “find ideas to improve relations for the benefit of both peoples”.

Political and financial issues are not insignificant challenges, but they can be solved and we have the willingness to contribute to this as we return to our country, Bullock said.

As part of the official agenda, the US delegation met with Cuban vice ministers and officials as well as with the ALIMPORT Food Marketing Company.

Bullock said he was impressed by how sincere and direct the Cuban officials were during the meetings, with a practical, step-by-step approach to solving concrete problems.

“I have visited over 30 countries, I have met with officials from many of those places, but I can honestly say that I have never received such a welcoming, open and honest way as here in Cuba,” Scuse added.