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US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi heads delegation to Cuba

Pelosi arrived in Havana following the departure of three US senators people who visited to Cuba this week and it is the third group of US legislators since the presidential announcement took place on December 17.

“This delegation travels to Cuba in friendship and to build upon the announcement of US normalization of relations and other initiatives announced by President Obama,” Pelosi said. 

“This delegation will work to advance the US-Cuba relationship and build on the work done by many in the Congress over the years, especially with respect to agriculture and trade,” Pelosi told US media.

All nine congressional representatives are scheduled to meet with Cuban authorities, with Cardinal Jaime Ortega, American officials at the US Interest Section in Havana and with community representatives.

The Congressional delegation is made up of Elliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member, Foreign Affairs Committee; Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Co-Chair, Democratic Steering and Policy Committee; Ranking Member, Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture; Collin Peterson (D-MN), Ranking Member, Agriculture Committee; Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Ranking Member, Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology; Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Ranking Member, Small Business Committee; Jim McGovern (D-MA), Co-Chair, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; Member, Agriculture Committee; Steve Israel (D-NY), Chair, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee; Member, Appropriations Committee; David Cicilline (D-RI), Member, Foreign Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee.

Pelosi and her delegation are scheduled to meet with the press on Thursday.

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