Washington, DC- Representatives of the Cuba Study Group today joined over seventy other Cuban Americans and foreign policy experts in signing an Open Letter to President Obama: Support for a New Course on Cuba ahead of the State of the Union Address. The letter urges President Obama to continue to call on the Cuban government to respect the human rights of the Cuban people and to work with Congress to update the legislative framework with regard to Cuba.

Today’s letter follows a May 19, 2014 letter titled: Open Letter to President Obama: Support for Civil Society in Cuba, which outlined specific actions President Obama could take under his executive authority to help empower Cuban civil society. Following President Obama’s historic December 17, 2014 announcement that fulfilled these recommendations, representatives of the Cuba Study Group have once again joined a growing national consensus that the President and Congress should take steps that advance U.S. interests and support the Cuban people.

“After over a half century of pursuing a policy of isolation and confrontation without results, the time has come to advance a policy that promotes U.S. interests and empowers the Cuban people,” stated Cuba Study Group Chairman Carlos Saladrigas.

“This letter reflects the growing national consensus not just in favor of the bold steps already taken by President Obama, but also for the need for Congress to update its outdated and counterproductive legislative framework toward Cuba,” added Saladrigas.

Today’s letter is signed by various members of the Cuba Study Group and foreign policy experts, including: former Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Army Intelligence, John Adams; former National Security Advisor Samuel Berger; former U.S. House Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Lee Hamilton; former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Thomas Pickering; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson; former U.S. Secretary of State, Treasury and Labor, George Shultz; former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Admiral James Stavridis and various other leaders.

A copy of today’s letter can be found at: www.SupportCubanCivilSociety.org

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