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Congressman Tom Emmer

Representing the 6th District of Minnesota

Bipartisan Congressional Cuba Working Group Responds to U.S. State Department New Permanent Staffing Plan at U.S. Embassy in Havana

March 2, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Following the U.S. State Department’s announcement that the U.S. Embassy in Havana will continue to operate as an unaccompanied post, the bipartisan Congressional Cuba Working Group responded:

“Today's announcement is disappointing. The safety of our diplomatic corps in Havana and their families remains paramount, but as long as the United States continues to limit the presence of its culture, values and beliefs on the island, there can be no reasonable expectation that our relationship and the lives of eleven million Cubans can or will improve. Limited consular and commercial services continue to hurt families and businesses both in Cuba and here at home; therefore, Secretary Tillerson should return our embassy to full operating status and allow our foreign service and consular officials to resume the great work they do for our country."


More information about the Cuba Working Group:


The Congressional Cuba Working Group is a bipartisan coalition of 22 members of Congress focused on improving the U.S.-Cuba relationship. In January, the Working Group sent a letter to Secretary Tillerson inquiring about the future of the U.S. Embassy in Havana as well as requesting an update on the investigation of the recent health incidents involving American personnel in Cuba.