Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, will lead a congressional delegation to Cuba tomorrow.
“The election of President Barack Obama presents a great new opportunity to rethink U.S. foreign policy in many regions of the world,” she said in her news release. “America’s harsh approach toward our nearest Caribbean neighbor divides families, closes an important market to struggling U.S. farmers, harasses our allies and is based on antiquated Cold War era thinking.”
Lee hopes this delegation — tasked with reviewing policies on trade and commerce as well as cultural, health and academic exchanges — will demonstrate to Cubans that Americans want a new relationship “based on diplomacy, dignity and respect.”
“It is time to have an open an honest discussion about a new way forward for our two nations and it is our hope that this delegation will help to initiate that discussion both here in the US and in Cuba,” she said.