Improving Cuba Relations Could Help US In Latin America

By Casey Kuhn
Published: Friday, March 25, 2016 - 3:01pm
Updated: Monday, March 28, 2016 - 9:21am
(Photo by Carlos Alberto Santos - CC BY 2.0)
Cuba's flag.

President Barack Obama has been making the diplomatic rounds this week, touting more open trade in Cuba and dancing the Tango in Argentina.

A major part of his Cuba trip focused on agriculture and exports to Cuba. After trade sanctions were loosened in 2000, the U.S. has been exporting wheat and other food to the country.

Paul Johnson is with the U.S. agriculture coalition for Cuba and said if America opens up two-way trade, they’ll be more competitive with Latin American countries and strengthen cultural relations.

"If we can get it right in Cuba, if we can show Cubans that we can build a better relationship with them it helps our relationship with the entire region,” he said.

He said Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, who went with Obama on his trip, has been a helpful proponent in improving relations with the country.

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