On October 21, 2013, 21 religious leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama calling for concrete action to pursue a path toward improved relations with Cuba. The signers express their gratitude to President Obama forissuing an executive directive in 2011 to lift restrictions for religious and academic travel to Cuba, and to allow licensed people-to-people cultural travel and argue that "an improved, more cooperative relationship between our nation and Cuba would benefit Cuban churches and help facilitate progress toward full political freedom and economic opportunity for the Cuban people."
As a result, the religious leaders urge President Obama to initiate direct, high-level dialogue with the Cuban government; exercise executive authority to remove Cuba from the United States' list of state sponsors of terrorism; and exercise executive authority to lift all restrictions on people-to-people travel between the United States and Cuba.
Please click here to read the letter.
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