USA*Engage statement on the resignation of Fidel Castro

Tuesday, 19 February 2008


“For all of the talk of what the next U.S. president would do regarding Cuba, Castro’s resignation brings a new urgency for the United States to show that it is open to a different relationship with Cuba.

“The key right now is to do something to signal that our post-Fidel relationship will be different than what came before.  There is a window of opportunity, and a new urgency, to signal changes in policies that would benefit American farmers, businesses and national security interests.  If we do not, the United States risks alienating another generation of Cubans and pushing the Cuban government farther into the arms of countries like Venezuela and China.”

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USA*Engage (www.usaengage.org) 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 (www.nftc.org), USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, 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 world wide.