Wednesday, May 30, 2007

"An open mind"

Five members of the U.S. House of Represetatives visit Cuba during an event where the Cuban food importing agency makes deals with U.S. food exporters. One of the legislators, Republican Jack Kingston of Georgia, has supported U.S. sanctions against Cuba but now has “an open mind” about changing them.

Cuba bought $340 million in U.S. agricultural products last year, and Cuban officials say sales would be higher if U.S. regulations were made less cumbersome. Legislative proposals before Congress would not change the requirement that Cuba pay cash for U.S. products, but they would end the requirement that Cuba make its payments through third countries, allowing Cuba to wire money directly to U.S. banks.

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