548. 11/15/2002

“Congressional aides from fourteen offices of the House Cuba Working Group were in Havana, Cuba in November [2002] on a trip to broaden communication between the United States and Cuba and to expand Congressional knowledge of contemporary Cuba. The trip, sponsored by the Cuba Policy Foundation, included seven Republican and seven Democratic offices of the bipartisan, forty-six member House Cuba Working Group, a Congressional coalition focused on the consequences of the four-decades old U.S. embargo of Cuba. Among the delegation’s activities were meetings with Cuban dissidents who seek improved civil liberties and economic opportunities in Cuba…The delegation also met with members of Cuba’s ministries of tourism, basic industry, foreign relations, and others…The U.S. Interests Section, Havana, including the recently appointed chief of section, James Cason, also received the delegation…This trip is one of a series of official delegations the Cuba Policy Foundation is leading to Cuba.  Other trips include a visit by members of the California State Assembly and future trips with American political and business officials.  The Cuba Policy Foundation is licensed by the U.S. Department of Treasury to travel to Cuba for collection of information related to Cuba for non-commercial purposes.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.] [Con Embargo]

“CPF [Cuba Policy Foundation] Leads Successful Congressional Delegation to Cuba,” Cuba Policy Foundation, December 3, 2002

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