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Klobuchar talks trade on Cuba trip

Sen. Amy Klobuchar is returning to the U.S. from Cuba today after meeting there with government, agricultural and export officials.

She was part of a Senate delegation looking at opportunities to modernize relations and improve trade, now that President Obama has opened the door on ending the decades-long rift.

Maybe Minnesota should open up an office in Havana: St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was in Cuba earlier this month as part of a cultural delegation through his role with the National League of Cities.

Klobuchar has introduced legislation that would allow U.S. exports to Cuba by lifting the current embargo. If enacted, that would help Americans do business in Cuba and improve life for Cubans.

Klobuchar said in a statement:

“We have a historic opportunity to modernize our country’s relationship with Cuba – and it’s a moment we must seize. This visit is a chance to meet with Cuban agriculture and export officials to explore ways we can modernize relations between our two countries and create new economic opportunities for farmers and businesses in Minnesota and across the country. Minnesota exported about $20 million in agricultural products to Cuba in 2013, and my focus is on pursuing strategies to increase that number.”

She has also cosponsored a bill that would lift the travel ban.

Also on the trip were Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

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