Thursday, 15 January 1998

In anticipation of Pope John Paul II's historic trip to Cuba, the letter calls for a public commitment -- in the State of the Union Address and the Republican response -- to end the ban on the export of U.S. food and medical supplies to Cuba as a first step toward engagement.

"The Pope's pastoral visit to Cuba is an historic event that lays the groundwork for new opportunities in promoting human rights, education, political and economic reform," said Frank Kittredge, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE. "It is time for us to put 'cold-war' policies behind us and begin to actively influence and promote change in Cuba through constructive engagement."

The letter will appear in The Wall Street Journal as an advertisement on Friday, January 16, 1998. Click here to view the letter as it will appear.

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 660 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.


Contact: Eric Thomas, Page Gardner, or Mara Gavin 202/822-9491

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